HC Deb 15 May 1907 vol 174 cc943-4

To ask the President of the Local Government Board whether the Board some years ago issued a code of suggestions and instructions for the guidance of boards of guardians as to the mode of constructing workhouses and infirmaries for Poor Law purposes; what is the date of the last edition of the code; and whether in that code or in any other official publication, any suggestions have been issued for the guidance of guardians as to the best mode of equipping these institutions with electricity for lighting and power purposes.

(Answered by Mr. John Burns.) The Board some years ago issued a memorandum as to the points to be attended to in the construction of workhouse buildings, and extracts from it with certain alterations have continued to be issued. The last material alterations were made in 1897. A memorandum on the construction of Poor Law infirmaries was issued in October last. The Answer to the last part of the Question is in the negative.