HC Deb 05 June 1930 vol 239 cc2375-6

asked the Minister of Health the number of persons receiving out-door relief in the administrative area of the county of Durham at the end of May, 1929, and the corresponding figures for May, 1930, and the cost of maintenance for the respective periods?


The average number of persons in receipt of out-door relief in the administrative county of Durham during April, 1930, the latest month for which figures are available, was 40,115, and the average weekly cost of the relief afforded in money and kind amounted to £10,944. Even when the May figures are available, it will not be possible to give corresponding figures for 1929, since the latter relate to unions, some of which extended beyond the boundaries of the administrative county.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in certain districts in the county of Durham, notably in north-west Durham, there is an amount of poverty and unemployment greater than at the time when the Lord Mayor's Fund was in operation, and since that Fund has gone out of operation, and what action has been taken to supply the needs of these districts?


I understand that the late Government passed the Local Government Act to deal with this problem.