HC Deb 02 November 1908 vol 195 c786

I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board if he is aware that, according to the Report of the Paddington Distress Committee for 1907–8, the Paddington Borough Council, although knowing that many investigated cases of unemployment existed in the borough, refused to find work for the men concerned, in spite of the offer of the Central Body to pay their wages if the council planted trees in the borough and found the material for such planting; and what he proposes to do in the case of such obstructive local bodies in the winter of 1908–9.


It appears that the Paddington Borough Council were indisposed last year to undertake further tree-planting in the borough. I am informed that they have at the present time proposals before them for work which will afford employment to the unemployed, and that some of these will be considered at their meeting to-morrow.