HC Deb 14 September 1909 vol 10 c1928

asked the Prime Minister if he is aware that there are nearly 1,000 voters less on the list at Sunderland than a year ago; that many hundreds of such voters have been struck off on account of, through poverty, having to accept relief, in the shape of breaking stones, through the board of guardians; and whether he can state if it is the intention of the Government to introduce legislation in the near future having for its object the removal of such penalising of poverty under the circumstances named?


I have no doubt that the facts are as stated by the hon. Member, and they disclose a state of things which, in the opinion of the Government, calls for serious consideration. I cannot, however, give any undertaking as to the introduction of legislation in the immediate future.