HC Deb 03 July 1911 vol 27 cc944-5W

asked the President of the Local Government Board whether he ordered an inquiry to be held into the conduct of the master of the Mitford and Launditch union workhouse in refusing admission at 2 a.m. to a lunatic who had attempted to commit suicide and who was in charge of a constable; whether the guardians of the union upheld the master in the action he took; whether they were left in. ignorance of the circumstances attending the inquiry and the actual grounds for the master's dismissal; and whether, seeing that he was appointed by them, he will explain why the guardians have not been so informed?


I did not direct any formal public inquiry to be held into the conduct of the master, but some investigation of the facts was made by the inspector for the district. The circumstances of the case were brought to my notice by the rector of the parish, and I at once communicated with the guardians, and obtained an explanation from the master of his procedure in the matter. After careful consideration of the master's explanation, and the guardians' reply, I informed the guardians that I did not feel justified in permitting the master to retain his office, and, at the same time, I addressed a letter to the master informing him of the grounds upon which his resignation was required. A copy of this letter was sent to the guardians for their information.