HC Deb 12 May 1909 vol 4 cc1802-3

asked the President of the Local Government Board whether he had had under his consideration the statement made in the Minority Report of the Royal Commission on the Poor Law that the children boarded out beyond the union were not, as a rule, medically inspected; and whether any steps were being taken to remedy this state of things?


I have seen the statement referred to. Provision is made in the agreements between boards of guardians and boarding out committees for arrangements being made with a medical man for attendance in cases of sickness, and with a dentist for the care of the children's teeth. The foster parent undertakes in the case of the illness of a child boarded out with him to report the matter to the committee, the home is visited once in six weeks by a member of the committee, and a report is sent to the guardians at least once a quarter on the apparent bodily condition of the child. There is no special provision requiring the children to be periodically inspected by a medical man, though this is done in a good many instances, but as they attend the public elementary schools they are subject to the same medical inspection as other children attending these schools.

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