§ 27. Mr. CLEARY
asked the Minister of Health whether, in connection with his offer at the distressed areas conference on Wednesday last to permit a spread-over of the financial burden falling upon certain local authorities due to their anticipation that 1st October last would be the appointed day, he can now make a statement, giving details, regarding the number of years and general terms of such arrangement?
§ Mr. SHAKESPEARE
It is proposed to insert a Clause in the new Bill the effect of which will be to secure that where a public assistance authority has had to incur expenditure on out-relief in excess of anticipation during the present financial year, the Minister may authorise the local authority by means of borrowing to spread the repayment of the whole or part of this excess expenditure over a period not exceeding five years.