HC Deb 06 March 1900 vol 80 cc209-10
MR. J. A. PEASE (Northumberland, Tyneside)

I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether the Government propose this session to introduce any Bill to carry out the recommendations in regard to the Poor Law unanimously made by the Select Committee appointed last session to consider the Cottage Homes Bill.

SIR WALTER FOSTER (Derbyshire, Ilkeston)

I beg at the same time to ask the President of the Local Government Board what steps, by order or otherwise, he proposes to take in order to carry out the recommendations contained in the Report of the Select Committee on the Cottage Homes Bill of last year, with reference to the treatment of the aged and deserving poor as regards indoor and outdoor relief.


I will answer these questions together. I should be very glad to introduce a Bill on the subject referred to if it is found to be practicable during this session. The matter is under consideration, but I am not able to give any more definite pledge on the subject at present.


Does the right hon. Gentleman propose to issue any instructions to the Board of Guardians?


Well, Sir, I have said that I should be glad to introduce a Bill, and that the question was under consideration, and the hon. Member must, I think, be aware that any regulations I might make upon the subject must be dependent, in great measure, on the introduction and passing of a Bill.