§ 33. Colonel DAY
asked the Minister of Health if his attention has been drawn to the recent decision in the King's Bench Division, when it was decided that a guardian of the poor receiving treatment in the union hospital, but paying in full for such treatment, was not disqualified from holding her seat upon the board; and what steps have been 1093 taken by his Department with a view to this decision being brought to the notice of local boards of guardians?
Yes, Sir; my attention has been drawn to this case, which has already received wide notice in the ordinary newspapers and in those circulating especially among boards of guardians. I do not think it necessary to take any further steps in the matter.
§ Colonel DAY
In view of the importance of this decision, will the Minister consider writing to the different boards of guardians in case it has escaped their notice?
No, Sir; I do not think that is necessary. But, in view of the public interest which is aroused by the number of the hon. Member's questions, I have no doubt that any boards of guardians who may have missed the statements in the Press will now take note of them.
§ Mr. W. BAKER
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that his Department decided that this decision does not cover a similar incident at Bristol, and if so, does he not think that action is called for?
No, Sir; I do not know anything about the case in Bristol to which the hon. Member refers. But, in any ease, if there be some doubt, that appears to be a reason for not circularising boards of guardians.
Dr. VERNON DAVIES
Has the right hon. Gentleman's Department decided that these charges are legally made? Have the boards of guardians power to charge?