HC Deb 23 April 1928 vol 216 c623

asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to the number of young persons under the age of 30 who are using casual wards; and whether he will consider the advisability of recommending boards of guardians to make separate provision for such persons outside the casual wards and also to take steps to organise co-operation between the Employment Exchange authorities and boards of guardians for the purpose of finding these young persons employment or by any other means save them from the inevitable demoralisation which tramping about the country workless involves?


My right hon. Friend has no reason to believe that the proportion of young men relieved in casual wards is higher than it has been in the past or that there is any lack of cooperation between the Poor Law and Employment Exchange authorities in this connection. The administration of the relief of the casual poor is, however, a matter which is constantly under my right hon. Friend's consideration, and he will not fail to keep the hon. Member's representations in mind.


Will the right hon. Gentleman ask his right hon. Friend to inquire into the advantages that have accrued from the action of Mr. Frank Gray and also the advantages that have come to men who have gone to the shelter on the Thames Embankment run by the Metropolitan Asylum Board?


Yes. If the hon. Member will send me any particulars I will see that they are considered.