HC Deb 11 May 1916 vol 82 c914

asked the Prime Minister if the Government have taken any steps to cause the various municipal bodies to curtail all public works, with a view to national economy both in men and money?


Many steps have been taken in this direction. Circulars urging the importance of economy both in men and money have been issued. Sanction to loans except for War purposes is being refused, and in many cases works have been suspended or stopped and contracts terminated, where the nature of the work and the stage which it had reached admitted of this being done. I am glad to say that in most instances I have had the hearty co-operation of the local authorities in my efforts to this end.