§ MR. CURRAN (Durham, Jarrow)
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether he is aware of the practice of Poor Law guardians representing a district as regards the administration of Poor Law relief being transferred to other districts; and whether his Board sanctions the practice.
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD (Mr. JOHN BURNS,) Battersea
I am aware that in some instances boards of guardians have so constituted their relief committees as to secure that a guardian elected for a particular parish shall not be a member of the committee for the area in which the parish is comprised. It is competent for the guardians to make this arrangement, and no sanction to it on the part of the Local Government Board is required.
§ MR. CLYNES (Manchester, N.E.)
In cases where individuals object to being transferred, can the board of guardians insist on transferring them?
§ MR. JOHN BURNS
I think the guardians must alone decide as to the fitness of a member of its body to take part in the distribution of relief in the area from which he himself draws his electoral power.