§ 64. Mr. JAMES WELSH (Paisley)
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland 658 tion is available, was 243, including 19 dependants.
The returns received by the Department of Health for Scotland do not discriminate between casuals receiving indoor and outdoor relief respectively. Casuals who apply to public assistance authorities are relieved by the granting of a line to a lodging house, by admission to a casual, sick or shelter house, or by admission to a poorhouse. The numbers admitted to poorhouses are, however, understood to be considerably less than the numbers dealt with by the other methods.
As regards the last part of the question, the total sanctioned accommodation in Scottish poorhouses is approximately 18,000 beds, but it is not possible to say how many of these are available for cases other than casuals, as accommodation is not specifically allocated for the reception of casual cases. Where casuals are admitted to a poorhouse, such arrangements are made for their accommodation as are convenient in the individual institution, regard being had to the number to be admitted and the vacant accommodation available at the moment.