HC Deb 25 March 1926 vol 193 c1364
32. Mr. BATEY

asked the Minister of Health the number of people in receipt of Poor Law relief in Great Britain on the 1st January, 1925, and the 1st January, 1926, respectively; and the number in Durham County on the same dates?


The total numbers of persons in receipt of Poor Law relief in England and Wales on the 1st January, 1925, and 1st January, 1926, were. 1,205,267 and 1,441,500, respectively. The corresponding numbers for Poor Law unions situated wholly or mainly in the County of Durham were 53,061 and 129,800. The figures for the 1st January, 1926, are approximate. As regards figures for Scotland, I would refer the hon. Member to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland.


Does not that indicate that unemployment has not really gone down, and is being pushed on to the Poor Law?


No, Sir. I do not think it indicates anything of the sort.


What does it indicate—better trade?