§ MR. VINCENT KENNEDY
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board if, in view of the fact that the Government have abandoned the Unemployed Bill, he will state the practical results of the 877 experiment carried out at the labour colony at Hollesley Bay; whether it has been satisfactory; and if it is intended to extend the principle to other localities.
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD (Mr. GERALD BALFOUR, Leeds, Central)
The hon. Member is under a misapprehension in supposing that the Government have abandoned the Unemployed Workmen Bill. They have not given up hope of its being proceeded with. I may, however point out that information with respect to the labour colony at Hollesley Bay will be found at pages 34 to o7 of the Preliminary Statement prepared by the Central Executive Committee of the London Unemployed Fund, which has been presented to Parliament, and I presume that additional information on the subject will be given in the further Report of the Committee. I understand that the general experience of the colony is regarded as decidedly hopeful.
§ SIR JOHN GORST (Cambridge University)
Can the right hon. Gentleman say if Mr. Rider Haggard is to be employed by the Government to inquire into the labour problem or some part of it?