HC Deb 01 April 1926 vol 193 cc2355-6
8. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Minister of Health whether he has any figures showing the approximate number of persons at present drawing outdoor relief or other benefits under the Poor Law; and whether he can give an approximate estimate of the amount of money that is being paid out in this form per week at the present time?

The MINISTER of HEALTH (Mr. Neville Chamberlain)

The average number of persons in receipt of out-relief under the Poor Law in England and Wales in January, 1926, was 1,067,887; and the average weekly cost of such relief in money and kind was £324,554. The average number of persons (excluding lunatics in county and borough asylums) in receipt of institutional relief during the same period was 233,537. Information as to the average cost of institutional relief is not available.


Can the right hon. Gentleman tell us how that compares with last year?


Not without notice.