HC Deb 15 July 1909 vol 7 cc2425-6W

asked why the Return as to the daily average number of inmates in poor-houses, which used formerly to be given in the annual Report of the Local Government Board for Scotland, has been omitted since 1907; and whether he can see his way to have it included in future Reports, as the information is of considerable value to governors, and the poor-house officials are still required to furnish a return of their daily averages to the Local Government Board?


The Table of Average Weekly Cost of Poor-house Inmates, in which was included a column showing average daily number of inmates, was found to be misleading in some respects, and was temporarily withdrawn from the Board's Report. A form of poor-house accounts was subsequently prescribed to enable the Board to compile trustworthy information as to average weekly costs, and it is the intention of the Board to re-introduce this table, which will include the average daily number of inmates, in their Report for the current and future years. It may be pointed out that the number of inmates in poor-houses throughout the half-years ended 30th June and 31st December and the number on 1st January and 1st July has been published in the Board's Report for many years.