§ Mr. HUDSON
asked the President of the Local Government Board if he can give the average cost of residence of paupers in normal times and at the present time, and the average cost of assistance in cash value given in each of the years 1914, 1915, 1916, and 1917?
§ Mr. HAYES FISHER
The estimated average cost per head of the paupers of all classes, in England Wales, and of indoor and outdoor paupers separately, for the year ended on the 31st March, 1914, was as follows:
£ s. d. Paupers of all classes 20 2 6¾ Indoor paupers 34 9 4¾ Outdoor paupers 7 17 8
These estimates were arrived at by dividing the expenditure in each class of relief by the mean number of paupers relieved on the 1st July, 1913, and the 1st January, 1914. No general statistics are available for making a comparison of the same items of cost in recent years.
§ Mr. HUDSON
asked the President of the Local Government Board how many paupers there are over seventy years of age; how many of them have become paupers since the beginning of the War; and if he can give, separately, the number of male and female paupers over seventy years of age in each of the years 1914, 1915, 1916, and 1917, and how many of them were in receipt of old age pensions before becoming paupers?
§ Mr. FISHER
The numbers of paupers over seventy years of age in England and826W Wales at the under-mentioned dates (including casuals, but excluding lunatics in asylums, etc.) were as follow:
The returns obtained by the Department from the several Poor Law Unions as to aged pauperism do not include the further particulars asked for in the question.
— Men. Women. Total. On 1st Jan., 1914 31,547 25,501 57,048 On 1st Jan., 1915 31,080 24,573 55,653 On 1st Jan., 1916 29,925 24,614 54,539 On 30th Dec., 1916 27,966 23,909 51,935