§ MR. PATRICK O'BRIEN (Kilkenny)
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board, whether he can say if the buildings in course of erection in Liverpool Road, Islington, are intended to be used as a fever hospital; who is responsible for the erection of those buildings on this site; whether the Local Government Board, the London County Council, the local vestry, or any public authority were consulted and sanctioned the establishment of a hospital for infectious diseases in such a thickly populated district; and, whether he proposes to take any action in the matter?
§ MR. CHAPLIN
I am informed that the new ward pavilion now being erected on the premises of the London Fever Hospital is intended for the reception of fever patients, that it is to take the place of an existing ward pavilion which is much larger, and that the result of the new erection will be to diminish the number of fever patients received on the hospital site by nearly one-half. The committee of the hospital, acting for the governors of the institution, are, I am informed, responsible for the new erection. The hospital in question has been in existence on the same site for some 50 years past. I assume, as is the case with all new buildings in London, that plans of the new pavilion have been submitted to the authorities having control of such matters within the Metropolis. I have no power of control or action in the matter. ["Hear, hear!"]