HC Deb 16 July 1903 vol 125 cc852-3
SIR JOHN GORST (Cambridge University)

To ask the President of the Local Government Board whether his attention has been called to recent outbreaks of measles and whooping cough, and excessive mortality from other causes, amongst the children of the Norwood Poor Law Schools, and to a report made on this subject by Dr. Priestly, the medical officer of health of Lambeth, in which the aggregation of children is condemned; whether any additional expenditure on the schools by the Lambeth Board of Guardians has been sanctioned by the Local Government Board, and to what amount and whether Dr. Priestly's report can be published as a Parliamentary Paper.

(Answered by Mr. Walter Long.) My attention has been called to this matter, and I have seen the report made by Dr. Priestly. I have been in communication with the guardians on the subject. A committee appointed by them has been investigating the matter, and I am now expecting their final report. On receipt of it I shall consider what action it may be necessary to take. I informed my right hon. friend, in reply to a Question by him on 29th June last,† of the expenditure which had been sanctioned in connection with these schools. No further expenditure has been sanctioned by me. I do not think that Dr. Priestly's report should be issued as a Parliamentary Paper at the present time.