HC Deb 03 June 1937 vol 324 c1151
16. Mr. Kirby

asked the Minister of Labour whether he has yet approved, or has under his consideration, any schemes for the alleviation of unemployment in Lancashire, particularly in Liverpool, Westhoughton and Skelmersdale?

Mr. E. Brown

I presume that the hon. Member has in mind the provisions of the Special Areas Amendment Act, 1937, for affording assistance to certain areas outside the Special Areas. No formal representations have yet been received by me that I should direct that Section 5 of that Act should be applied to any of the areas referred to by the hon. Member.

Mr. Kirby

Does that mean that neither the Minister's own Department nor the local authorities concerned have applied to take steps whereby such companies may be set up?

Mr. Brown

I have said that no formal representations have been made, but I believe that in Lancashire a good deal of work is being done.