§ 27. Mr. Tinker
asked the Minister of Health the average cost to maintain a person in a Poor Law institution; and what steps can be taken to recover part of the cost from relatives?
§ Mr. E. Brown
The latest figure, which is for the year ended 31st March, 1938, is £1 8s. 9d. per week. Failing agreement with the liable relatives the authority may apply to a petty sessional court under Section 19 (2) of the Poor Law Act, 1930, for orders of maintenance upon those relatives.
§ Mr. W. Brown
In view of those figures, how on earth does the right hon. Gentleman expect an old age pensioner to live on 10s. a week—