HC Deb 22 February 1922 vol 150 cc1888-9
70. Mr. MILLS

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that in many districts where relief work schemes are in operation the workmen have to travel a considerable distance to and from their work, the cost amounting to several shillings per week; and whether it would be an infringement of the Regulations governing wages for the local authority to provide the necessary conveyance?


No case of the kind referred to has previously been brought to my notice. A local authority would not be entitled to provide conveyance without the approval of the Unemployment Grants Committee, which is not likely to be given unless the circumstances are quite exceptional.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that many hundreds of unemployed men travel daily from London to the Dartford Division, which is already crowded with thousands of unemployed, and that every day they have to pay this fare, which is a great drain upon the meagre wage that they receive under the scheme?


That is simply the question on the Paper put in other words.


Except that—[HON. MEMBERS: "Order!"]