HC Deb 16 January 1913 vol 46 cc2260-1

asked the President of the Local Government Board whether his attention has been called to the action of the Ipswich Board of Guardians in causing a young woman at Hammersmith to be arrested;, on 4th January, for alleged failure to maintain her imbecile child in the workhouse; whether the woman had paid for maintaining the child for over six and a half years; whether it was taken to the workhouse without her knowledge; whether the guardians caused her to be arrested without any previous intimation or notification that she was chargeable to them for the maintenance of the child; whether the address of the stepmother of the girl from whom the child was received, and also the girl herself, was well known to the clerk of the guardians; what action is he taking in connection with the matter; and whether, under the circumstances, he will call upon the guardians to apologise to the girl for having caused her to be arrested without cause, and to refund her all the expenses to which she has been put in connection with the case, including the fine imposed upon her by the magistrate? [The hon. Member explained that the name of the board of guardians should be Samford (county Suffolk) and not Ipswich.]


I am causing inquiries to be made with respect to this case. With regard to the correction of the hon. Member, I may say I am sending both to the Ipswich and the Samford Boards of Guardians.