§ 32. Mr. TOUCHE
asked whether, seeing that the Poor Law infirmaries of London and the Metropolitan Asylums Board have over 3,000 tuberculosis cases under treatment, the cost of which is at present a charge upon the rates of the Metropolis, and that the National Insurance Act and the Finance Act, 1911, made a sum of £1,500,000 available to aid the provision of sanatoria and other institutions in which both insured and not insured persons may receive treatment, it is intended to make a Grant towards the cost of these patients while retained in the various institutions, or are they to be transferred to county council sanatoria?
§ The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER (Mr. Lloyd George)
The sum of £1,500,000 referred to in the hon. Member's question is a Grant towards capital expenditure, not in aid of cost of maintenance. The conditions under which patients will be admitted to sanatoria provided by the London County Council will be primarily a matter for that authority, subject to any conditions required by the Local Government Board when the Grant is made, and also as regards insured persons to any arrangements made with the insurance committees.