County Lunatic Asylums.

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies. – in the House of Commons on 21st April 1920.

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Photo of Sir Charles Hanson Sir Charles Hanson , Bodmin

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asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the great increase in the weekly cost of maintenance of patients in county lunatic asylums and in view of the additional burdens of a national character thus thrown upon the rapidly increasing local rates without any corresponding increase of the amounts of grants-in-aid, the Government will consider the revision of the insufficient scale of payments now made to boards of guardians throughout the country in respect, particularly, of the maintenance of lunatics and union officers' salaries, the present grants being inadequate to meet the purposes for which they were originally made?

Photo of Dr Christopher Addison Dr Christopher Addison , Shoreditch

As regards the maintenance of lunatics, I can only refer to the reply given on the 15th instant to the Member for Bedwelty. The considerations mentioned in that reply apply with equal force to the other grant mentioned in the question.