HC Deb 06 April 1909 vol 3 c1122W

asked the President of the Local Government Board if he can issue an order upon all poor law authorities to remove or isolate when possible all feeble-minded epileptics, inebriates, imbeciles, and lunatics from other inmates of the workhouses, as recommended in the recent reports of the Royal Commission on Poor Law, and also in the Reports of the Royal Commission on Aged Poor in 1895?


To the extent to which existing accommodation or additions to existing accommodation in poor law institutions may suffice for the modification of present arrangements affecting the classes to which the question refers, the powers of the Local Government Board and of the poor law authorities could, no doubt, be exercised in the direction indicated in the question. But for any such comprehensive treatment of the matter as appears to be contemplated in the reports of the Royal Commissions to which my hon. Friend alludes, legislation would almost certainly be needed.