HC Deb 17 December 1902 vol 116 cc1486-7
MR. ASHTON (Bedfordshire, Luton)

To ask the President of the Local Government Board whether he is aware that a number of children, particularly girls, chargeable to various unions in the country are placed out by guardians in certified poor law schools over which the guardians have no control, and that many unions have passed resolutions in favour of the appointment of women (Local Government Board) inspectors for the inspection of such children; and will he state whether he can see his way to appoint women inspectors for this purpose.

(Answered by Mr. Walter Long) I am aware of the matters mentioned in the first part of the Question. Certified poor law schools are visited by the General Inspectors of the Local Government Board. In the metropolitan district these schools are also visited by a lady inspector, but I have not found it practicable to extend this arrangement to the rest of the country.