HC Deb 17 February 1919 vol 112 cc599-600W

asked the President of the Local Government Board whether he is aware that the Report of the Local Government Committee of the Ministry of Reconstruction which recommended abolition of boards of guardians and suggested the abolition of the Poor Law made no recommendation that the bodies substituted for the guardians to deal with the various sections of the necessitous poor should be under any legal obligation to give them relief; whether he will take care that any Bill introduced by him for transferring the duties of guardians, either as a whole or with regard to the sick only, shall preserve the right to necessary relief given by 43 Eliz., c. 2, to the poor and will make it the legal duty of any bodies substituted for the guardians to give necessary relief to the poor just as it is now the duty of the guardians; and whether he will further provide that some officer of the substituted bodies shall be under the same personal responsibility for giving necessary relief as the relieving officer now is under the Poor Law Amendment Act, 1834, and the Poor Law Orders?


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.

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