Exceptional Distress.

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons on 5th July 1922.

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Photo of Major Frederick Kelley Major Frederick Kelley , Rotherham

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asked the Minister of Health what are the respective percentages of the inhabitants now in receipt of Poor Law assistance in Rother-ham, Sheffield, Bournemouth, and Bath; and whether he will consider the establishment of a common fund or national pool for the relief of exceptional distress?

Photo of Sir Alfred Mond Sir Alfred Mond , Swansea West

The relevant percentages for the Poor Law Unions comprising the towns referred to are: Rotherham Union 5.8; Sheffield Union 18.7; Ecclesall Bierlow Union 10.0; Christchurch Union 1.8; and Bath Union 3.2. As regards the last part of the question, I can only refer the hon. and gallant Member to the reply which I gave to the hon. Member for Middlesbrough on the 28th June, of which I am sending him a copy.

Mr. T. THOMSON:

When will the right hon. Gentleman be able to say what the Government can do in the way of equalising the rates in the provinces the same as he has done in London"

Photo of Sir Alfred Mond Sir Alfred Mond , Swansea West

I have nothing to add to the statement which I have already made on the question.