§ SIR WALTER FOSTER (Derby, Ilkeston)
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board, whether his attention has been directed to Paragraph 93, and Paragraph 7 in the Summary, of the Report of the Royal Commission on the Aged Poor, which recommended the Local Government Board to call the attention of boards of guardians to the evils of inadequate relief; and, whether he has urged, or will urge, boards of guardians to give adequate relief to all cases in which outdoor relief is considered desirable?
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD (Mr. HENRY CHAPLIN,) Lincolnshire, Sleaford
Prior to the notice of the Question I had directed that a statement should be prepared as to the duties of relieving officers for the information of those officers and the boards of guardians, and I propose in a circular letter accompanying that statement to remind the guardians of the views of the Royal Commission on the Aged Poor as to the importance of the outdoor relief granted being adequate to meet fully the extent of the destitution and other matters connected with the administration of relief. These circulars, I expect, will be issued in the course of the present week.