Oral Answers to Questions — Lunatic Asylums (Capitation Charge).

– in the House of Commons on 15th April 1920.

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Photo of Sir Charles Edwards Sir Charles Edwards , Bedwellty

75.

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware of the continued increase in the cost of lunatic patients chargeable to boards of guardians maintained at lunatic asylums, and that the 4s. per head now paid is totally inadequate; and whether he will introduce legislation to amend the Local Government Act, 1888, so as to provide for boards of guardians to receive a much higher sum than the above?

Photo of Dr Christopher Addison Dr Christopher Addison , Shoreditch

I would draw the hon. Member's attention to the fact that during the present Session I have given replies to no less than eight questions in which this point has been raised in almost identical terms; and I can only repeat that in view of the contemplated legislation for the reform of the Poor Law this particular point could not advisedly be dealt with at the present time.