HC Deb 17 April 1907 vol 172 cc949-50

To ask the President of the Local Government Board, whether he has had a copy of the resolution adopted by the Leeds Distress Committee, stating that the number of unemployed as registered under the Unemployed Workmen Act of 1905 does not represent the total number unemployed; that unnecessary and irritating questions are attached to applications for relief, preventing many of the most deserving from registering; that committees are greatly hampered, both in providing sufficient permissible employment for applicants and in obtaining the necessary funds therefor; that there is a necessity for immediately introducing a Bill to amend the Unemployed Workmen Act of 1905; and that the cost of providing employment under the Act should not be dependent on voluntary contributions; and whether he proposes to take any action in the direction stated, and when.

(Answered by Mr. John Burns.) I have received a copy of the resolution referred to. For reasons which I have previously explained, I do not contemplate proposing legislation to amend the Unemployed Workmen Act.