57 Mr. T. THOMSON
asked the Minister of Health whether he is prepared to accept the formula submitted by the representatives of certain necessitous areas as a basis for granting assistance towards the abnormal burden thrown on their local rates, due to the unemployment in their districts being much in excess of the average for the rest of the country?
§ The MINISTER of HEALTH (Mr. Neville Chamberlain)
No, Sir. On careful consideration I came to the conclusion that I could not recommend acceptance of the formula in view of the inequitable results which it would produce as between different areas. I may add that the position of the so-called necessitous areas is at present under the consideration of a Cabinet Committee, and I hope to make a statement as to the decision of the Government before the Adjournment.
§ Mr. CHAMBERLAIN
I am afraid I cannot answer that question, but I will communicate with the hon. Member.