HC Deb 14 February 1929 vol 225 cc562-3W

asked the Minister of Health whether he received reports from the doctors, in accordance with Article 59 of the Poor Law Institution Order, 1913, of the deaths of Richard Walker, who died on 28th November, in the Gilbert Street institution, Halifax, of Harvey, who died at Chailey casual ward on 26th November; and of all other persons who died in Poor Law institutions (other than those who were not in receipt of relief at the time of any accident causing his or her death) during the year 1928; will he state the names, unions and counties of such institutions; and also in which cases inquests were held, and whether the Poor Law inspector for the district was present?


The death of William Harvey was reported by the medical officer, that of Richard Walker by the master of the institution. As regards the second part of the question, compliance with the requirements of the Article of the Order quoted by the hon. Member is general, but in individual cases of failure to observe the Regulation I have taken suitable action. I will send the hon. Member a statement of the further information which he desires, but I may say that it is not the practice that my officers should actually attend inquests.