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?
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.