§ Mr. NIELD
asked the President of the Local Government Board what is the average cost of poor law relief granted by738W
the Brentford guardians per diem per head in the following cases, maintenance of persons in the workhouse, maintenance of persons in the infirmary, and out-door relief; and will he give in respect of each figure the amount included as the cost of administration?
§ Mr. BURNS
The average daily cost of the maintenance of a pauper in the workhouse and in the infirmary of the Brentford Guardians during the year 1908–9, is calculated to have been, approximately, 1s. ll½d. and 3s. 3¼d. respectively. These amounts include, in respect of salaries of officers, loan charges, cost of buildings and repairs, and other expenses, 1s. 5d and 2s. 3d. respectively. In the case of each of these items, slightly more than 9d. is attributable to loan charges. The average daily cost of relief to an outdoor
pauper in 1908–9 may be taken at 5¼d., of which 1¼d. represents the cost of administration.