HC Deb 14 April 1927 vol 205 cc529-30

asked the Minister of Health the number of persons in England, Scotland and Wales in receipt of Poor Law relief at 31st December, 1924, 1925, and 1926, respectively; and the amount of moneys paid and relief in kind granted during the last week of the above-named years?


As the reply contains a number of figures, I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the reply:

The numbers of persons in receipt of Poor Law relief (excluding lunatics in asylums) in England and, in Wales at the end of December in the years mentioned were:

England excluding Monmouth-Shire. Wales and ManmouthShire.
In 1924 982,021 111,031
In 1925 1,194,426 150,597
In 1926 1,283,801 222,719

The average weekly amount of out-door relief in money and kind granted during December in those years was:

England excluding Manmouthshire. Wales and Monmouthshire.
£ £
In 1924 231,952 30,379
In 1925 314,521 38,788
In 1926 367,153 66,426

The figures for Wales and Monmouthshire are those for the Union-Counties in Wales and Monmouthshire.

As regards Scotland, I would prefer the hon. Member to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland.