HC Deb 22 February 1907 vol 169 cc1143-4
MR. PIKE PEASE (Darlington)

To ask the President of the Local Government Board, whether he can state the entire cost of pauperism, including expenditure out of loans, if any, and from any other source, for the year 1835; and also the entire cost of pauperism including expenditure out of loans and from any other source, if any, for the financial year 1906.

(Answered by Mr. John Burns.) The amount expended for the relief of the poor in England and Wales in the year ended at Lady Day, 1835, appears to have been £5,526,418. I am not able to say what was the expenditure out of loans in that year. The sum mentioned probably does not include any such expenditure. In the year ended Lady Day, 1906, the expenditure on Poor Law relief amounted to £14,218,598, exclusive of expenditure out of loans. The amount of the latter expenditure in that year cannot at present be stated, but I may mention that in the year 1904–5 it was £1,109,970.