§ 39. Mr. BOOTH
asked the President of the Local Government Board if he is aware that the dead body of a girl, A. N., of Islington, was taken home from the infirmary on 5th May and remained in an unscrewed coffin for three days; that a woman and three children lived, ate, and 22 slept in the same room; whether the medical officer of health for Islington investigated the circumstances and reported that no action could be taken under the Public Health Act; and if he will consider the desirability of holding an inquiry into the matter?
§ The PRESIDENT of the LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD (Mr. Burns)
I have made inquiries in regard to this matter. The facts were not reported to the medical officer of health until twenty-two days after the child's death, and he then investigated the circumstances. I am informed that during the time that the body was awaiting burial the family had the use of a second room for domestic purposes. I do not think there would be any advantage in holding an inquiry into the matter.