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Papworth Village Settlement

Volume 320: debated on Thursday 18 February 1937

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asked the Minister of Health whether or not annual accounts are published in connection with the Papworth Village Settlement and sanatorium?

I understand that the Papworth Village Settlement, whose objects include the sanatorium hospital as well as the settlement at Papworth, is incorporated under the Companies Act as a company without profits to members, and that copies of the accounts are forwarded annually to the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies, in addition to being circulated to all members of the association.


asked the Minister of Health whether the Papworth tuberculosis sanatorium is under the supervision and control of his Department; whether the Ministry of Health inspectors make periodical inspections there; and whether there is a hospital board or committee in connection therewith with powers of supervision and control?

The sanatorium-hospital at Papworth is approved by me as an institution for the treatment of tuberculous patients sent by local authorities, and is inspected from time to time by my officers. It is to this extent under the supervision of my Department, but it is not, of course, under my Department's control. The articles of association of Papworth Village Settlement, whose objects include the sanatorium-hospital, provide for the affairs of the settlement to be conducted by a committee of management.

In view of what I hope are the unfounded allegations made against Papworth, could not the Minister arrange for a deputation of Members of all parties to visit the institution?

I shall be very glad to do that, but I do not think that any notice has been taken of these allegations.


asked the Minister of Health whether the Papworth Village Settlement and tuberculosis sanatorium is registered as a private charity?

I understand that Papworth Village Settlement, including the sanatorium-hospital, is registered as a War charity under the War Charities Act, 1916.