HC Deb 21 October 1915 vol 74 c2003
40. Mr. JOWETT

asked the President of the Local Government Board whether his attention has been called to an outbreak of enteric fever among the patients at the West Siding Asylum, Storthes Hall, near Huddersfield; whether he is aware that, as a consequence, members of the asylum staff have contracted the fever with fatal results; whether the asylum visiting committee propose to pay funeral grants of £10 each to the bereaved parents of the deceased attendants and nurses who had sacrificed their lives in the service of the visiting committee, such payments being intended to cover funeral expenses incurred; and will he state his reasons for withholding the sanction of the Local Government Board to the payment of these grants?


I regret to learn that three members of the staff at this asylum died from enteric fever. If the application which has been made to my Department for the payment of £10 to the father of one of the deceased nurses, as a contribution towards the expenses incurred by him in connection with his daughter's death, is renewed, I shall be happy to give the matter further consideration.