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Poor Law Relief

Volume 154: debated on Wednesday 31 May 1922

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asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that in some cases boards of guardians, when applied to for relief by ex-service men who have married war widows, take into consideration the money which those widows draw from the Government for the maintenance of their children by their first marriage; and will he see that proper instructions are issued to prevent this practice?

Boards of guardians are required by law, when considering applications for poor law relief, to take into account all the means available for the support of the particular applicant and his dependants, and my hon. and gallant Friend will appreciate that I have no power to issue instructions in contravention of the law.