HC Deb 22 May 1930 vol 239 cc576-7
63. Mr. PRICE

asked the Minister of Health whether he proposes to inform the public assistance committees as to his wishes in regard to setting up instructional courses for recipients of outdoor relief at Poor Law institutes; and whether he will see to it that those who undertake these courses will receive a relief scale which will be not less than the benefit given to young persons attending training centres and instructional courses under the Ministry of Labour schemes?


I have already brought this matter to the notice of the new Poor Law authorities by circulars and the matter is also dealt with in the Relief Regulation Order, 1930, which was recently issued. The application of the principle must vary in different areas according to their requirements and resources, and the advice of my Department will be available to the several councils through my general inspectors. As regards the amount of relief, I would refer to Circular 1069 which says that in coming to a decision the authority should be guided by the needs of the individual household and not automatically by rule.


Will my right hon. Friend take further steps, in view of the lack of information on this important matter which at present exists among Public Assistance Committees?


I have communicated with them on several occasions, and, if my hon. Friend will tell me how I can bring the information more definitely to their notice, I shall be glad to help him.

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