§ 33. Mr. LOGAN (for Mr. T. WILLIAMS)
asked the Minister of Health the number of public assistance committees that are acting on the permissive clause of the Transitional Payments (Determination of Need) Act, 1932, in granting outdoor relief; and whether any circular has been issued by his Ministry urging local authorities to adopt the rules governing the granting of transitional payments for the purposes of outdoor relief, particularly in agricultural districts where the sole assistance of the unemployed worker is dispensed by public assistance committees?
§ The MINISTER of HEALTH (Sir Hilton Young)
I am informed that 48 public assistance committees are acting on the permissive section of the Act. This number includes areas in which the operation of the section is left to the committees or sub-committees with certain limitations on their discretion, and areas in which only part of the section is being applied. I am sendng the hon. Member a copy of the circular letter issued by me on the passing of the Act.