HC Deb 27 October 1908 vol 195 c47
MR. T. F. RICHARDS (Wolverhampton, W.)

To ask the President of the Local Government Board whether he will circularise all distress committees advising them generally as to what description of work might be usefully put in hand for the relief of the unemployed.

(Answered by Mr. John Burns.) I do not think I could usefully issue such a circular as is suggested. The work which can be undertaken in a case in which there is exceptional distress must be determined by the circumstances of the particular place. In any such case the better course usually is for the town or urban district council to set on foot useful work which is needed in the locality, and for the distress committee to arrange with them to supply unskilled labour from workmen on their register.