Separate particulars are not furnished to my Department as regards the number of persons in receipt of Poor Law relief in Wednesbury, which is not a separate Poor Law area.
We have supplied them to the hon. Member before, and I have no doubt I could do so again, but I must point out to him that at the present time there is very great pressure, both upon my Department and on the local authorities, and I rather deprecate asking them to go to the trouble of getting out special figures if it is not really necessary.
§ Mr. SHORT
But is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Clerk of the West Bromwich Board of Guardians suggests that a large number of people are being paid Poor Law relief because they are thrown off the Employment Exchanges, and these figures would indicate whether that remark was justified or not?