§ 21. Commander BELLAIRS
asked the Minister of Labour the conditions laid down by her in 1929 as to grants given to local authorities because of unemployment in regard to material being of United Kingdom manufacture and, as far as practicable, of United Kingdom origin; and whether she is satisfied that these conditions are being strictly adhered to by local authorities?
§ Miss BONDFIELD
The conditions under which grants to local authorities are recommended by the Unemployment Grants Committee have, since December, 1929, contained the following paragraph relating to the use of materials for grant-aided schemes:All materials which are required for assisted works shall, so far as practicable, be of United Kingdom origin and all manufactured articles shall be of United Kingdom manufacture, subject however to such exceptions as the Committee may find to be necessary or desirable in any particular case, having regard to all the circumstances, including the comparative price of British and foreign articles.There is no reason to suppose that local authorities are not adhering strictly to this condition.
§ Commander BELLAIRS
Are the Ministry of Labour keeping a very strict watch on the local authorities in regard to these matters?