HC Deb 19 February 1907 vol 169 c714

I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board, in what number of cases did a coroner's jury return a verdict of death from starvation or death accelerated by privation in the year 1906 in London, the eastern district of London, and the union of Whitechapel respectively; in what union in London did the greatest number of deaths so declared by verdict take place in 1906; and what was the number of such deaths in Whitechapel Union during the whole period from 1870 to the end of 1906.


I am unable to give any figures on this subject relating to the year 1906. The usual Annual Return has not at present been ordered for that year, and I understand that the particulars which would be required for filling it up have not yet been obtained by the Home Office. As regards the last part of the Question, I stated on the 12th November last that the number of deaths in Whitechapel from starvation or privation since 1891 (the year in which the Local Government Board first obtained the observations of the Guardians on the cases included in the Return) was ninety-eight. The number from 1870 to 1890, so far as can be ascertained from the Returns, appears to have been 152, but this number must be taken as only approximately correct, as the earlier Returns do not always show the name or address of the deceased, or the union concerned.