HC Deb 17 July 1922 vol 156 cc1716-7

asked the Minister of Health if he has made any inquiries as to the amount of labour that can be absorbed in the borough of Poplar so as to relieve the burden on the Metropolitan ratepayer; and, if so, will he state how do the wages offered for such work compare with the amount allowed for out-relief?

The MINISTER of HEALTH (Sir Alfred Mond)

Inquiries are being made as to the possibility of employment for some of the men at present in receipt of relief. The Regulations require that the amount of relief given should be substantially less than the standard rate of wages for unskilled workmen.

79. Sir R. BLAIR

asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that the Poplar Board of Guardians are at present paying relief on a scale in excess of that of the rest of the Metropolitan area; is this being done with his concurrence; and, if so, has he sanctioned any further loans?


I have issued an Order requiring the Poplar Guardians to conform, as far as the relief of the able-bodied is concerned, to the scale prescribed in the Metropolitan Common Poor Fund Regulations, 1922. I am advancing to the guardians funds necessary for the administration of that Order.