66. Mr. W. Joseph Stewart
asked the Minister of Labour what steps he is taking to deal with the question of men declared by the Unemployment Assistance Board as ineligible for assistance; and is he aware that, owing to the action of the Board, large numbers of able-bodied unemployed are being made subject to Poor Law relief?
§ Mr. E. Brown
I would refer the hon. Member to my reply to questions on this subject on Thursday last by the hon. Member for Stoke (Mr. E. Smith) of which I am sending him a copy.
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the local authorities have to spend hundreds of thousands of pounds annually to maintain able-bodied unemployed whose maintenance ought to be a national, and not a local charge?
§ Mr. Thorne
Will the right hon. Gentleman be able to give a definite reply before the House adjourns?