HC Deb 31 October 1932 vol 269 cc1435-6
52. Mr. THORNE

asked the Minister of Health the rate in the £ for Poor Law purposes for the years 1930–31 and 1931–32 at East and West Ham, Lincoln, Sheffield, St. Helens, Norwich, Bournemouth, Blackpool and Southport?

Mr. WOMERSLEY (Lord of the Treasury)

I have been asked to reply. As the answer contains a number of figures in tabular form, my right hon. Friend the Minister of Health will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the answer:

According to the rate demand notes, copies of which have been furnished to my Department, the amounts required in the county boroughs mentioned for public assistance, expressed as a rate in the pound, were as shown in the statement below. The expenditure to which these rates were equivalent was defrayed partly out of rates collected from the ratepayers and partly out of the Exchequer grants under the Local Government Act, 1929.

1930–31. 1931–32.
s. d. s. d.
East Ham 4 10.1 5 1.3
West Ham 7 3.9 8 3.8
Lincoln 5 0.5 5 6.0
Sheffield 4 11.8 6 2.4
St. Helens 4 11.6 5 3.0
Norwich 5 8.7 6 3.3
Bournemouth 11.2 9.9
Blackpool 6.4 5.9
Southport 11.0 1 0.0