HC Deb 11 July 1923 vol 166 cc1353-4

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many inquests were held in the County of London during the year ending 30th June, 1923; and in how many cases a verdict was returned that death was caused or accelerated by exposure or want or from starvation?


I have no figures for the period mentioned, but for the year 1922 there were 5,015 inquests in the County of London. Six cases were reported by the coroners under the collective heading of "deaths from disease aggravated by want, exposure, or self-neglect." Deaths from exposure or self-neglect are not always due to destitution, and the returns do not show which, if any, of these six cases are attributable to destitution.