HC Deb 16 July 1923 vol 166 c1873

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that a very considerable number of able-bodied men and their dependants are in receipt of relief in the parishes and unions of Poplar, Bermondsey, West Ham, and other poor boroughs in London; that in addition, a considerable number of young men and women are also in receipt of relief; that this condition of affairs is leading to much demoralisation of the population; and is his Department preparing any schemes or plans for dealing with all those out of work and on short time?


I note with regret that the number of persons unemployed in the London boroughs continues to be high, particularly in boroughs in the East of London. With regard to the last part of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister to the right hon. Member for the North West Division of Camberwell (Dr. Macnamara) on the 11th July, regarding the arrangements for the grant of financial assistance towards works undertaken for the relief of unemployment. I am sure that the grantmaking Departments concerned will give sympathetic consideration to any proposals submitted in response to the circulars referred to.