Catalogue description Poor Law Commission and successors: Paid Officers Department and Metropolitan Department: Registers of Paid Officers

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Reference: MH 9
Title: Poor Law Commission and successors: Paid Officers Department and Metropolitan Department: Registers of Paid Officers
Date: 1837-1921

The registers are arranged in alphabetical order of geographical district, and then under the various categories of staff, including administrative, workhouse, infirmary, school, medical and relieving staff.

Numbers given in the piece description are the first page of each section, within a large volume.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Local Government Board, Metropolitan Department, 1871-1884

Local Government Board, Paid Officers Department, 1871-1919

Poor Law Board, Metropolitan Department, 1867-1871

Poor Law Board, Paid Officers Department, 1847-1871

Poor Law Commission, Paid Officers Department, 1834-1847

Physical description: 37 volume(s)
Unpublished finding aids:

Each piece has a supplementary index, which lists in alphabetical order the towns and districts covered by each register, and gives the appropriate page reference.

Administrative / biographical background:

This department exercised the supervision vested in the Poor Law Commission andPoor Law Board over appointments, salaries, superannuation and conditions of employment of poor law officers, teachers in poor law schools, medical officers of health, sanitary inspectors and public analysts. Until 1884 these functions in relation to London were performed by the Metropolitan Department.

The department was originally established by the Poor Law Board on the passing of the Metropolitan Poor Act 1867, mainly to reorganise the poor law authorities in London in accordance with the act, but it was responsible for the whole range of services provided by poor law unions and parishes, the sick asylum districts and the Metropolitan Asylum Board, including asylums, infirmaries and ambulance services, within the metropolitan district.

It was wholly independent of the Poor Law, Paid Officers and Audit Departments and of the Medical and Public Health Departments except in the field of vaccination, and was served by its own inspectorate for both general and medical purposes. A body of visiting officers under the direction of a superintendent was employed to report on vagrants in the metropolitan casual wards. In 1884 the department was dissolved and its functions divided among the other departments dealing with similar work outside the metropolis.

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