Building Trade.

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons on 26th June 1922.

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Mr. TREVELYAN THOMSON:

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asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the large amount of unemployment in the building trades, involving expenditure at the rate of over £65,000 per week in unemployment benefit, the Government will revise their policy and now allow grants to be made from their unemployment relief fund towards local authorities prepared to erect houses where serious overcrowding continues?

Photo of Sir Alfred Mond Sir Alfred Mond , Swansea West

The question whether it is possible to assist local authorities in the manner suggested is to be considered by the Unemployment Committee of the Cabinet.

Mr. THOMSON:

When the Committee consider this question, will they bear in mind that the present system is costing the rates £4,000,000 a year, which is paid to building operatives who are doing nothing? Would it not be more productive to use the money for building houses?

Photo of Sir Alfred Mond Sir Alfred Mond , Swansea West

Of course, the Committee will bear that in mind. It is what they are considering.