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Bedwelty Union.

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons on 25th May 1922.

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Photo of Mr George Barker Mr George Barker , Abertillery

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asked the Minister of Health if he has received a letter from the guardians of the Bedwelty union calling the attention of the Government to the serious financial state of the union and the very urgent need for material State aid; is he aware that the poor rates for the several parishes of the union for the year ended 31st March, 1922, averaged 22s. 6d. in the; that these abnormal high local rates are due to extensive and long-standing unemployment which has prevailed, and is still prevailing, in the Bedwelty union, and the operation of these high rates are retarding the recovery of industry and are inflicting great distress upon the inhabitants; that the present liabilities of the Bedwelty union are upwards of £74,000; and will the Government bring in legislation with the least possible delay to deal with this state of things?