§ MR. W. HOPE
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board how many boards of guardians have consented and how many have refused to keep the register referred to in the Board's Circular of 18th September last.
§ MR. JOHN BURNS
I have received communications from about 300 boards of guardians on the subject of the suggested register of paupers, from which it appears that in about 140 cases the guardians have not adopted the suggestion that a register should be kept. I understand that in some instances the Return, for the purpose of which the register was intended, can be prepared from the existing records, and I am considering what arrangements should be made to secure that the Return shall be furnished in other cases where objection is raised to the keeping of the register.