20. Mr. T. THOMSON
asked the Minister of Labour the cost of relief work schemes sanctioned by the Unemployment Grants Committee at the present time; the number of men employed; and similar figures for a year ago?
§ Mr. BETTERTON
The total estimated cost of schemes approved during 12 months ended 31st March, 1926, was 271 £16,399,275, as compared with £19,689,990 during the year ended 31st March, 1925. The number of men employed on the 27th March, 1926, on schemes assisted by the Committee was 33,596, as compared with 44,400 men employed on the 28th March, 1925.
§ Mr. PALING
In view of the fact that a great number of unemployment schemes have been turned down, would it not be a relatively easy matter to increase this number?