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Poor Law—Dewsbury Union

Volume 221: debated on Thursday 23 July 1874

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asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether the Local Government Board have refused to allow the guardians of the Dewsbury Union to make a money allowance in lieu of rations to the schoolmaster and schoolmistress of the workhouse, thereby requiring them to board their infant child out; and, if so, on what grounds?

said: So long ago as the year 1856 a Circular was issued to Boards of Guardians to the effect that the Poor Law Board could not assent to the admission of workhouse officers' children to reside in the workhouse, and pointing out that good order and discipline must be interfered with if such a practice were to prevail. In accordance with that Circular and with the habitual practice of the Department, a communication was made declining to accede to a recent application of the Dewsbury Guardians that the schoolmaster and mistress should be permitted to board their child or children in the workhouse. No answer has been received from the Guardians, nor have any special circumstances been stated which would justify a departure from the general rule, in the propriety of which the House will doubtless concur.

The European Assurance Society Arbitration—Question

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, If he will furnish Returns of the number and dates of the sittings held by the late and present Arbitrator under the European Assurance Society Arbitration Act of 35 and 36 Vic. c. 145?

, in reply, said the hon. Baronet, by applying to the office of the European Society Arbitration, could obtain information as to the number and dates of sittings which had been held under the Arbitration, and he did not think it would be proper to encourage the expense of the printing of the House by furnishing Returns of them.

Judicature Act—Alteration Of The Circuits—Question

asked Mr. Attorney General, "Whether any, and if so what, arrangements have been agreed upon for the alterations of the circuits; and when it is proposed to carry such alterations into effect?

Sir, the answer which I am about to make to the Question of my hon. Friend opposite will in substance answer the Question standing in the name of the hon. and learned Member for Newark. It is to this effect. Arrangements have been agreed upon by the Judges for the alteration of the circuits, and it is proposed to carry out those alterations by Orders in Council, which will be made at the same time as the Judicature Rules are made, and will be made public and come into operation at the same time with them. When these Rules and Alterations are made public, my hon. Friend will obtain the information which he seeks; but I do not think that it would be consistent with my duty to state their purport or effect before the Orders in Council have been made.

Spain—Capture Of The "Vir-Ginius"—Question

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether there has been any Correspondence relating to the capture of the "Virginius" beyond the Correspondence already printed; and, if so, will it be laid upon the Table of the House before the end of the present Session?

, in reply, said, that the Correspondence on the subject of the capture of the Virginius would be laid on the Table of the House before the end of the Session.