HC Deb 27 May 1907 vol 174 cc1296-7
SIR A. SPICER (Hackney, Central)

To ask the President of the Local † See (4) Debates, clxxi., 1626. Government Board if he will state the number of children who have been handed over by the Bristol Board of Guardians to Muller's Orphanage in that city; what sum is paid per head by the guardians to the manager of the orphanage; what control the guardians have over children so handed over; and by what means they are inspected.

(Answered by Mr. John Burns.) I am informed that the guardians have not themselves applied for the admission of any children to Muller's Orphanages. It has occasionally happened that relatives who have made application for admission of children to the orphanages have, pending the consideration of the application or the occurrence of vacancies, had to seek Poor Law relief for the children. In such circumstances the children have been discharged from the guardians' institutions, on the application of the relatives, in order that they may be admitted into the orphanage; but after such discharge the guardians have not exercised any control over the children or visited them. Nor have they made any payments in respect of their maintenance in the orphanages.