HC Deb 29 July 1926 vol 198 cc2294-5
21. Mr. SCURR

asked the Minister of Health whether the appointed guardians for the West Ham union under the Boards of Guardians (Default) Act interview all applicants for relief, or whether 96 this is left entirely in the hands of the relieving officers and relief granted or refused on their reports?

The MINISTER of HEALTH (Mr. Neville Chamberlain)

The reply to the first part of the question is in the negative. I am informed that the practice adopted for the present is that a member of the staff is associated with the relieving officer for the district in administering out-relief. The order made by this member of the staff is reported to the board for confirmation. In addition, all cases presenting special features are reported to the Board for decision.