HC Deb 01 February 1934 vol 285 c527
28. Mr. McENTEE

asked the Minister of Health the number of persons in receipt of Poor Law relief on the last available date, giving separate figures for men, women and children, and comparable figures for the same period last year?


The total number of persons, men, women and children, in receipt of poor relief in England and Wales, excluding rate-aided patients in mental hospitals, persons in receipt of domiciliary medical relief only and casuals, on Saturday, the 13th January, 1934, was 1,406,076, and on Saturday, the 14th January, 1933, 1,391,185. The weekly returns from which these figures have been obtained do not distinguish the numbers of men, women and children, but I will, if he desires, send the hon. Member a statement showing separately the numbers of men, women and children in receipt of poor relief on 1st January of the two years when the detailed returns relating to this year are available.


I am much obliged to the right hon. Gentleman. May I ask him if he will confer with the Minister of Labour, with a view to the publication of these figures side by side with the figures of the Ministry of Labour for unemployment?

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