§ MR. ALDEN (Middlesex, Tottenham)
To ask the President of the Local Government Board, whether, in view of the fact that there is in existence in the Midlands a reafforesting association supported by voluntary subscriptions for reafforesting and beautifying the Black Country, which association has already done a considerable amount of work in this direction, he could see his way, if an application were made on behalf of any local distress committee, to make a grant for unemployed labour which could be utilised in this direction.
§ (Answered by Mr. John Burns.) If in a district where there is exceptional distress the distress committee applied to me for a grant in respect of the provision for the unemployed of work of the kind mentioned, I should be prepared to consider the application. No payment out of the grant, however, could be made after the 31st inst.