HC Deb 10 May 1900 vol 82 cc1351-2


Order for Second Reading read.

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Bill be now read a second time."

MR. CALDWELL (Lanarkshire, Mid)

said he did not wish to oppose the Bill. There was, however, a corresponding Bill in Scotland which provided an appeal to the Local Government Board in Scotland as to whether a removal should or should not be allowed. He thought there ought to be a similar provision in the present Bill with reference to England. He might mention that one of the circumstances which the Local Government Board in Scotland considered when appealed to regarding a removal was how far the removal, if effected, would remove parents from children employed in the country. He only wished that what was done in Scotland should also be done in England.


said that the Local Government Board would rather not have the duty placed upon them of deciding appeals regarding the deportation of paupers. The Scotch Local Government Board had not so much to do, and it would be adding a very serious duty to the work of the Local Government Board in England. However, if the hon. Member wished, the matter could be considered in Committee.


agreed that it would be desirable that the Local Government Board should have the power suggested by the hon. Member for Mid Lanark. He had brought under the attention of the right hon. Gentleman the President of the Local Government Board a case in which it was proposed to deport a widow and her children from Cardiff to an Irish union. It was true that the woman was born in that particular union, but she left it when a child, married in America, and for years her husband and herself spent their earnings in Cardiff, and the Cardiff Union now proposed to deport her. The answer given by the right hon. Gentleman was rather sympathetic, and he thought it was a wise provision that a person about to be deported should have the right of appeal to the Local Government Board, as was the case in Scotland.

Question put, and agreed to.

Bill read a second time, and committed for Monday next.