§ MR. HADDOCK (Lancashire, North Lonsdale)
To ask the President of the Local Government Board if he will state the total expenditure, including expenditure out of loans and all other arms of expenditure, on the administration of the Poor Law in London for the ten years ending March, 1906, and the total expenditure of all kinds on the administration of the Poor Law in London for the twelve months ending March, 1906, to include expenditure out of loans, the expenses of the Metropolitan Asylums Board, and the expenses of the Local Government Board, differentiating between such expenditure.
§ (Answered by Mr. John Burns.) The total expenditure for the relief of the poor and purposes connected therewith of the Poor Law authorities in London for the ten years ended March, 1906, not defrayed out of loans, was £35,083,889. The expenditure out of loans was £4,844,960. The amounts for the year ended March, 1906, were £3,869,308 and £244,463 respectively. The expenditure of the Metropolitan Asylums Board for the purposes referred to was in the year last mentioned £396,991, excluding the expenditure out of loans which amounted to £51,750. The totals for the ten years given above include expenditure by the Metropolitan Asylums Board in connection with their smallpox and fever 1296 hospitals, ambulance service, etc., prior to 1900–1, when the amount of the latter expenditure was for the first time separately ascertained. It is not possible to state the expenses of the Local Government Board in respect of the administration of the Poor Law in London, as it is only one of many subjects dealt with by the Board, and is not wholly conducted by a separate staff.