§ MR. THORNE
To ask the President of the Local Government Board whether he will state how many distress committees have been formed under the Unemployed Workmen Act of 1905; how many of them have received grants out of the £200,000;and how many have made application for a grant, but have been refused.
§ (Answered by Mr. John Burns.) Eighty-nine distress committees have been established in England and Wales outside London; thirty of them have received payments out of the grant, and in twenty-two cases in which applications have been made to me for such payments the circumstances have not been shown to be such as to justify me in acceding to them. One case is at present under consideration.