HC Deb 03 December 1908 vol 197 c1706

I beg to ask the Prime Minister whether he is aware that the work of pension committees is being delayed by the want of an authoritative interpretation of the clause relating to the Poor Law disqualification in so far as it applies to married couples in receipt of outdoor relief; and whether, as the Commissioners of Inland Revenue and the Local Government Board are seemingly not agreed as to the precise effect on the status of the wife of the legal rule, which enjoins that all relief, for whomsoever granted, shall be considered as relief given to the husband, he will state which party is disqualified in the three following cases: where the husband receives relief for his own benefit, where the husband receives relief for the benefit of his wife, and where the husband receives relief for the benefit of himself and wife.


I am advised that in the first case the husband alone would be disqualified; in the last two cases both the husband and the wife would be disqualified.