HC Deb 02 March 1910 vol 14 c837

asked whether the night hon. Gentleman can yet take steps to obtain the information as to the rate of mortality in Poor Law institutions of children between the age of two and five years, and the rate of mortality under one year of age of infants being maintained on outdoor relief, the absence of which was noted and regretted in the Reports of the Poor Law Commission?


The whole question of obtaining more and better statistics on Poor Law matters is receiving attention, but I am not yet in a position to give particulars as to the figures which will be collected with a view to meeting the suggestions of the Royal Commission. I may mention that an inquiry is now being undertaken by Dr. Darwall Smith, on behalf of my Department, as to the causes of mortality among new-born babies.