37. Mr. T. THOMSON
asked the Minister of Health in what way local authorities whose poor rate is excessive on account of abnormal unemployment are receiving special assistance from the Government, which is not available for other local authorities where the rate of unemployment is normal?
As the hon. Member knows, the Unemployment Grants Committee, in sanctioning schemes for the relief of unemployment, give special consideration to areas in which the burden of unemployment is heaviest.
In view of the increasing amount, of unemployment in certain areas, cannot the right hon. Gentleman see his way to recommend the Unemployment Grants Committee to give increased assistance commensurate with this increased unemployment?
To whom is the Unemployment Grants Committee responsible, if not to the right hon. Gentleman?
§ Mr. A. V. ALEXANDER
Will the right hon. Gentleman not consider the waiving of the interest that has accrued up to date on loans already made?
That is a hypothetical question. If the hon. Gentleman has any particular proposition to put before me I will consider it.