HC Deb 06 February 1913 vol 48 cc59-60W

asked the President of the Local Government Board if his attention has been called to the remarks of the district Poor Law inspector, when recently attending a meeting of the Edmonton Board of Guardians, regarding the Chase Farm Poor Law schools, of which he said that they caused him a great deal of anxiety; that more often than not there was infectious disease prevalent; that they seemed to go from infection to infection; that when last he visited the school he was amazed to find there was no epidemic, but that now he understood there was scarlet fever; and whether, with a view to prevent such unnecessary suffering to the children concerned, he will take steps to secure the reduction of the numbers accommodated at the school by an increase in the number of their scattered homes and by boarding out more children, and refuse his sanction to any proposal for the increase of accommodation on the school premises?


I understand that the. remarks of the inspector were generally to the effect stated in the question. The guardians are, I believe, fully alive to the desirability of improving the condition of things, and have already had proposals before them for this purpose. I will give careful consideration to the precise form of any scheme which they may submit to me.