HL Deb 20 March 1884 vol 286 c271

asked Her Majesty's Government, If they will add the name of the Chief Rabbi to the Royal Commission to inquire into the housing of the working classes?


, in reply, said, it was not the intention of the Government to add any new names to the Commission. At the same time, he must say he thought it would be quite impossible to speak in too high terms of the good work done by Dr. Adler, the Chief Rabin, in London, and of the admirable way in which the Jewish charities and institutions were managed. He did not doubt that the Chief Rabbi, from his knowledge and experience in connection with the subject of the housing of the poor, would be able to give very valuable information; but there were many noble Lords and gentleman of whom the same might be said, and, as the number of Commissioners had been limited, the selection had been confined to those who were most qualified to serve. He understood his noble Friend to suggest the appointment of the Chief Rabbi should be made as the head of a religious body. Her Majesty's Government could not agree with the view that the question of religious creed should of itself determine the selection of a Royal Commission; and he thought their Lordships would agree that a Commission of that kind would have been placed on a most unsound basis.

House adjourned at a quarter before Six o'clock, till To-morrow, a quarter past Ten o'clock.