SIR WALTER FOSTER
To ask the President of the Local Government Board whether he is aware that some boards of guardians have largely reduced the number of appplications for medical out-relief by means of giving all medical out- 14 relief on loan in the first instance (subject to subsequent cancelling of the loan if the guardians think fit), or by compelling parents to appear before the board or a committee; and, if so, whether he proposes to take any action in the matter.
(Answered by Mr. Walter Long.) My attention has been called to one instance in London where a system of the kind above mentioned has been introduced, and where it is said that the result has been to reduce the applications for outdoor medical relief. But, as I have stated to-day in reply to another Question by the hon. Member, a special investigation is being made by one of the assistant inspectors of the Department as to the arrangements for outdoor medical relief in the Metropolis.