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Poor Law Administration, London

Volume 154: debated on Monday 15 May 1922

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asked the Minister of Health if he will give the number of persons receiving relief from the Poplar Board of Guardians last week; the percentage of such number to the population of the borough; and similar figures for the adjoining borough of Stepney?

In the week ending 5th May, 31,273 persons, or 19·2 per cent, of the population of the borough of Poplar, were in receipt of relief from the Poplar Board of Guardians. In the adjoining borough of Stepney 13,571 persons, or 5·4 per cent, of the population, were in receipt of relief from the four boards of guardians acting within the borough.

asked the Minister of Health when he expects to receive the Report of the investigations being conducted into the financial conditions attending the grant of Poor Law relief by the borough of Poplar: and will such Report be made public?

I have received this Report, and it is now being printed with a view to early publication.

asked the Minister of Health the amounts expended in each Metropolitan Poor Law union in the six months, 30th September, 192L, to 31st March, 1922, on indoor relief and outdoor relief, respectively, and the amounts raised and spent in each union for Poor Law purposes during the same period, distinguishing between amounts raised in each union and the grants received or paid 'by each union in respect of the equalisation of rates scheme under the Common Poor Fund and the Local Authorities (Financial Provisions) Act.

I regret that the figures asked for by my hon. Friend are not at present available.