§ SIR SEYMOUR KING (Hull, Central)
To ask the President of the Local Government Board whether he has under consideration recommendations of the Ambulance Committee of the Metropolitan Asylums Board, made in reports to the managers dated 24th February and 8th March, urging the establishment of additional stations and shelters and of land transport service for smallpox patients, the latter to be used as an alternative to river transport; whether any estimate of the cost has been submitted by the Ambulance Committee or the Asylums Board; and whether, having regard to all the circumstances, the Local Government Board will abstain from sanctioning these proposals until the Councils of the Metropolitan Boroughs have been consulted.
(Answer.) I have seen reports of the Ambulance Committee of the Metropolitan Asylum District bearing on these matters, but no proposals on the subject have been submitted to me by the Managers. As I understand, no definite decision has been arrived at by them. In the event of any application being made to me for sanction to proposals of this kind, I should not fail to give careful consideration to the various interests involved; but until the proposals are before me I could not say what course I should adopt with regard to them.—(Local Government Board.)