§ 25. Lieut.-Colonel Sir A. LAMBERT WARD
asked the Lord Privy Seal the number of Private Bills which have been certified as containing provisions which would substantially contribute to the relief of unemployment; the number which have already received the Royal Assent; and the number of such Bills which have been rejected in either House of Parliament?
§ The LORD PRIVY SEAL (Mr. J. H. Thomas)
The number of Private Bills which I have certified is thirty-nine; of these, twenty-two have already received the Royal Assent; two have been rejected by Parliament; two have been withdrawn and thirteen are still in progress.
§ Sir A. LAMBERT WARD
Can the right hon Gentleman say, from memory, how many schemes have been turned down as a result of a poll of ratepayers, owing to the inadequate nature of the Treasury contribution?
§ Mr. THOMAS
As far as I am aware, Hull, Sheffield and, I believe, Leeds, but I am unaware that they were turned down because of the inadequacy of the grant. On the contrary, the corporations both of Hull and of Sheffield not only agreed, but thought that the Treasury terms were both fair and generous; and, certainly, I have the strongest grounds for believing that the terms were approved of unanimously by the respective corporations.
§ Sir K. WOOD
Is it not the case that one of the Bills was rejected on the right hon. Gentleman's own advice?