§ Sir A. STEEL-MAITLAND
These schemes are initiated by local authorities. During the year 1927 the Ministry of Transport have made grants in respect of 268 schemes of the estimated cost of £6,080,197, and the Unemployment Grants Committee have approved for grant 68 schemes of the estimated cost of £1,649,768. The number of men who have obtained employment in respect of the schemes in question cannot be stated, but in accordance with the monthly returns received the average number employed on schemes in operation during 1927 was 26,629.
Does not the right hon. Gentleman think that local authorities, who are up-to-date, are better able to deal with the necessities than the Government are themselves?