§ Mr. JOHN JONES
asked the Home whether he is aware that Clause 3, Subsection (3), of the Ministry of Health Bill, while declaring the intention of abolishing the guardians and transferring their powers, says nothing about transferring their duties and preserving the legal right of the necessitous to relief whether, seeing that restitution is one of the great causes of larceny and other robberies, the Government have, any intention of recognising the statutory right to relief; and whether, having regard to the general unrest prevailing in this country, he is prepared to make any statement on the subject?
§ Major ASTOR
I have been asked to reply to this question. The points mentioned by the hon. Member will not be lost sight of in any proposals which may be made for legislation transferring the functions of boards of guardians to other authorities.