HL Deb 08 August 1889 vol 339 cc713-5

House in Committee (according to order).

Clause 1. Amendment made; Clause agreed to.

Clause 2 agreed to.

Clause 3.


My Lords, I beg on Clause 3 to move an Amendment, of which I have given notice. It speaks for itself, and is not likely to excite opposition. The Clause is founded upon the recommendation of your Lordships' Committee last year. The Committee seems to have gone very much on the evidence of Dr. Bridges, the local inspector, who gave very strong evidence that it is greatly in the interest of asylums and of the poor people treated there, that medical instruction should be allowed as proposed. The President of the Royal College of Physicians has informed me that he has been in communication with Mr. Ritchie on the subject, and that he entirely agrees with this proviso. I have also made a verbal alteration with regard to the asylums managers.

Amendment moved, to insert the following clause:— The managers of the Metropolitan Asylums Board may, if they think fit, allow the asylums provided by them for fever, small-pox, and diphtheria, to be used for purposes of medical instruction, subject to any rules and regulations which the Local Government Board may, from time to time, make with regard to such use of the said asylums."—(The Earl Granville.)


I entirely accept this Amendment after the representations which have been made to the Local Government Board in its favour, not the least being the consideration that fever cases are now so promptly removed to the proper hospitals, and there would be a possibility of there not being sufficient instruction afforded for medical purposes.

Clause agreed to.

The Report of Amendments to be received on Tuesday next; the Bill to be printed as amended (No. 218).