§ MR. ROWLANDS (Kent, Dartford)
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether the Board has reconsidered its decision with regard to the scheme for relief works submitted by the Erith Distress Committee, the carrying out of which the urban council expressed its willingness to support; and can lie now state whether arrangements have been made to grant assistance.
§ MR. JOHN BURNS
I have received from the distress committee a letter, dated 5thApril, asking me to reconsider my decision in this matter. It did not appear to me that this letter showed any sufficient ground for an alteration in the decision referred to; but, even if it had, it was impossible for me to comply with the request for a payment out of the grant, as no payment could be made out of it after 31st March, when the financial year ended for the service of which it was voted.