Unemployed Workers (Rent and Taxes).

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland. – in the House of Commons on 24th November 1931.

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Photo of Mr David Kirkwood Mr David Kirkwood , Dumbarton District of Burghs

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he proposes to take to protect the large numbers of unemployed in Scotland from the sufferings confronting them during this winter, owing to their inability to pay rent and taxes and their consequent liability to eviction?

Photo of Sir Archibald Sinclair Sir Archibald Sinclair , Caithness and Sutherland

No steps on my part seem necessary for I have no reason to doubt that the local authorities administering public assistance are fully alive to their responsibilities in regard to these cases.

Photo of Mr David Kirkwood Mr David Kirkwood , Dumbarton District of Burghs

Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware that this is the same reply he has already given to me, namely, that this matter would be dealt with by the Public Assistance Committee Now we have made extensive inquiries, and find that such a statement is inaccurate; it is not true. We want to know what he is going to do.

Photo of Mr David Kirkwood Mr David Kirkwood , Dumbarton District of Burghs

On a point of Order. My point of Order is that the Secretary of State for Scotland has given me a reply which is exactly the same as that I received from him a fortnight ago, and we have proved that his reply is a mistake. I want him to go further into the matter and try and get his mistake rectified.

Photo of Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy , Daventry

There is no point of Order. If the hon. Member will put down another question, perhaps he will get the same reply again?