HC Deb 25 April 1904 vol 133 c1052
MR. McKENNA (Monmouthshire, N.)

I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether he can state the number of aliens who have become chargeable to the common funds of the Poor Law unions of the United Kingdom for each year during the last ten years; the proportion which such pauper aliens bear to the whole alien population of the United Kingdom; and the proportion which pauper British subjects bear to the whole British population of the United Kingdom.


I obtained last year some information as regards aliens in England and Wales in receipt of relief on the 1st July, 1903, but I am not in possession of the particulars desired as regards the previous years. The number of aliens relieved on the 1st July, 1903, was 1,753, or 79 per cent. of the alien population according to the last census. The paupers of all classes in receipt of relief on that date were 2.4 per cent. of the estimated population. These figures only relate to England and Wales. As regards Scotland and Ireland, the matter is one for the Scottish and Irish Departments.