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Guardians' Offices And Friendly Societies

Volume 180: debated on Thursday 15 August 1907

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I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether there is any regulation of the Local Government Board forbidding boards of guardians from letting rooms in union offices, subject to a reasonable rental, for the accommodation of trade unions or friendly societies who may wish to hold meetings of their branches or lodges on other than licensed premises.

There is no such regulation. On the contrary, the Local Government Board, whose sanction would be necessary to the letting, have expressed their willingness to give their sanction, subject to the guardians reserving to themselves the power to determine the arrangement should it be found to interfere with the use of the building for poor law purposes.