§ MR. J. M. ROBERTSON
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board how many Poor Law Unions pay Nonconformist ministers and Catholic priests for clerical services.
§ MR. JOHN BURNS
Appointments of this kind do not require the sanction of the Local Government Board, and I am unable to say in how many cases they have been made. Some information was obtained on the subject in 1901 as regards the Metropolis. There were then in London, forty-six workhouses and twenty-four workhouse infirmaries. It appeared that Roman Catholic instructors had been appointed at twenty-five workhouses and sixteen infirmaries, whilst there were Nonconformist instructors at six workhouses and three infirmaries.
§ MR. T. M. HEALY
Will the right hon. Gentleman extend his survey to Ireland, where in 162 workhouses nearly all controlled by Catholics, we pay both Catholic and Presbyterian chaplains?