Oral Answers to Questions — Poor Law Institutions (Cost).

– in the House of Commons on 9th July 1942.

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Photo of Mr John Tinker Mr John Tinker , Leigh

asked the Minister of Health the average cost to maintain a person in a Poor Law institution; and what steps can be taken to recover part of the cost from relatives?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

The latest figure, which is for the year ended 31st March, 1938, is £1 8s. 9d. per week. Failing agreement with the liable relatives the authority may apply to a petty sessional court under Section 19 (2) of the Poor Law Act, 1930, for orders of maintenance upon those relatives.

Photo of Mr William Brown Mr William Brown , Rugby

In view of those figures, how on earth does the right hon. Gentleman expect an old age pensioner to live on 10s. a week—

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

The answer is that I do not.

Photo of Mr William Brown Mr William Brown , Rugby

—and the supplementary pension?