HC Deb 10 February 1904 vol 129 cc843-4
MR. ALEXANDER CROSS (Glasgow, Camlachie)

To ask the President of the Local Government Board whether his attention has been directed to a correspondence with the Local Government Board for Scotland in the case of a pauper named George Allsopp, a native of Hull, who was removed at the instance of the Halifax Guardians to Glasgow in September last, the man having been sent originally under legal warrant from Glasgow to Hull in 1894; and, if so, whether he will consider the desirability of affording the Scotch authorities similar particulars and an opportunity for appeal against the removal of any poor person from England to Scotland, such as pertains both in England and Ireland in the case of poor persons proposed to be removed from Scotland.

(Answered by Mr. Walter Long.) I am aware of the correspondence referred to in the Question. I will take note of the suggestion that some alteration should be made in the Law relative to removals from England to Scotland. I presume, however, that the reference in the latter part of the Question is to the rights conferred by Section 5 of The Poor Law (Scotland) Act, 1898; if so, I may point out that there would be no power of appeal under this enactment in such a case as the present if it were proposed to remove a pauper from Scotland to England. The section does not apply where a pauper is born in the country from which it is proposed to remove him, and it is alleged that this was the case in the present instance.