HC Deb 12 February 1924 vol 169 c730

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that permission has been refused to Mr. and Mrs. Townend, 17, Hartsholme Drive,. Swanpool, Lincoln, to take with them to Bermuda the two boys whom they have adopted as their own, in spite of representations from the board of guardians and of the children's desire to accompany them; and whether, if Poor Law Orders are in existence which prevent, permission being given, he will have these Orders reconsidered and revised?


Permission for the emigration of these two boys was not refused by my Department, but the attention of the guardians was drawn to the provisions of Section 3 of the Poor' Law Act, 1899, which requires that, on the adoption of a boarded-out child, the guardians will cause the child to be visited at least twice in each year for the first three years. This being a statutory requirement, I have, of course, no power to alter it by Order, but it would be open to the guardians, if they thought fit, to make arrangements with a view to meeting this requirement.