HC Deb 07 July 1908 vol 191 cc1468-9
MR. SUMMERBELL (Sunderland)

I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether he is aware that the Erith Urban Council, which received sanction from his Department to raise a loan of £3,000 in order that work might be found for the unemployed in the widening of the Lower Abbey Road, has stopped the work, although the local distress committee has a balance in hand of £600 remaining from the grant of £1,252 received from the Local Government Board; and whether, in view of the distress prevailing in the district through lack of employment, he proposes to take any, and what, action in the matter.


My attention has already been drawn to the circumstances of the case referred to in the Question, and I am in communication with the distress committee and the urban district council on the subject.

MR. ROWLANDS (Kent, Dartford)

asked as to the exact legal position of the urban council in suspending the works.


I have been in communication with the local authority. So far as I am concerned, my power is very limited, but I sincerely trust the local authority will get out of the difficulty as soon as possible.


But is there no power to insist on their spending the balance of the grant?


The grant to the distress committee was conditional on the authority adding to it. That authority without consulting the Local Government Board have suspended the work. If I can see my way out of the difficulty to secure that the money is spent I shall adopt the course.