HC Deb 05 June 1907 vol 175 cc680-1
MR. THOMPSON (Somersetshire, E.)

I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether an order of the Local Government Board has boon made, after inquiry held, whereby the rural district of Wincanton, Somerset, has been constituted a hospital district and an isolation hospital established; whether there is any other purely rural districts in which such a hospital has been permanently provided; whether he is aware that the almost unanimous feeling in the district is opposed to the establishment of a permanent hospital; and whether, in view of the evidence in opposition offer at the inquiry, he is prepared to reconsider this Order.


An appeal was made to the Local Government Board against an Order of the Somersetshire County Council constituting the Wincanton rural district a hospital district under the Isolation Hospitals Acts. The Board, after local inquiry, issued an Order dismissing the appeal, and I cannot now reopen the matter. There have been several cases in which rural districts have been constituted hospital districts under the Isolation Hospitals Acts, and many more in which permanent hospitals for infectious disease have been established in such districts under the Public Health Acts.