Poplar.

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons on 17th July 1922.

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Photo of Sir Reginald Blair Sir Reginald Blair , Poplar Bow and Bromley

78.

asked the Minister of Health if he has made any inquiries as to the amount of labour that can be absorbed in the borough of Poplar so as to relieve the burden on the Metropolitan ratepayer; and, if so, will he state how do the wages offered for such work compare with the amount allowed for out-relief?

Photo of Sir Alfred Mond Sir Alfred Mond , Swansea West

Inquiries are being made as to the possibility of employment for some of the men at present in receipt of relief. The Regulations require that the amount of relief given should be substantially less than the standard rate of wages for unskilled workmen.

Photo of Sir Reginald Blair Sir Reginald Blair , Poplar Bow and Bromley

79.

asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that the Poplar Board of Guardians are at present paying relief on a scale in excess of that of the rest of the Metropolitan area; is this being done with his concurrence; and, if so, has he sanctioned any further loans?

Photo of Sir Alfred Mond Sir Alfred Mond , Swansea West

I have issued an Order requiring the Poplar Guardians to conform, as far as the relief of the able-bodied is concerned, to the scale prescribed in the Metropolitan Common Poor Fund Regulations, 1922. I am advancing to the guardians funds necessary for the administration of that Order.