HC Deb 05 June 1928 vol 218 c28
27. Mr. THURTLE (for Mr. LANSBURY)

asked the Minister of Health in how many casual wards of London the task of stone-breaking is at present being imposed; how many men were subjected to that task during the four weeks ending 25th May; for what period of time a casual may be detained and set to the daily task of stone-breaking; and what is the method adopted for determining which men shall be subjected to the task?


The reply to the first and second parts of the question is none. As regards the third and fourth parts, I would refer the hon. Member to Articles 9 and 11 and the Fifth Schedule of the Casual Poor (Relief) Order, 1925, of which I am sending him a copy.


If I do the same, is the right hon. Gentleman willing to undergo an experimental test to see what it is like? I will do it with him.


The answer is in the negative.