17. Mr. W. Joseph Stewart
asked the Minister of Labour in view of the serious nature of the report on the conditions in South-West Durham, what steps he is taking to deal with the situation so as to find work for the large number of unemployed and to plan the district generally on new lines?
§ Mr. E. Brown
I hope to be in a position during the forthcoming Debates to indicate what steps are to be taken as a result of the report to which the hon. Member refers.
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in the White Paper issued this week there are no schemes of work for South-West Durham, and is it the intention of the right hon. Gentleman or the Government which he represents to do anything worth while for that particular area?
§ 18 Mr. Batey
asked the Minister of Labour (1) the amount of money spent by the Commissioner for the 509 Special Areas; where the money has been spent; and how much of it will provide employment and the nature of the employment.
(2) the amount of money described as commitments by the Commissioner for the Special Areas; where the commitments are; and the nature of the works to provide employment;
|COMMISSIONER FOR SPECIAL AREAS (ENGLAND AND WALES).|
|Summary of Commitments and Expenditure to 31st January, 1937.|
|Harbour and Quay Development||503,230||4,230|
|Clearance and Improvement of Sites||221,940||68,780|
|Trading Estates Companies||2,232,500||153,000|
|Maternity and Child Welfare Centres||39,610||8,560|
|District Nursing and Ambulance Services||53,250||31,400|
|Sewerage and Sewage Disposal||1,028,800||233,120|
|North Eastern Housing Association||207,470||188,130|
|Small Holdings Schemes||2,080,980||700,000|
|Group Holdings Schemes||88,680||36,670|
|Assisted Allotment Schemes||14,990||2,440|
|Voluntary (Local Amenities) Schemes||44,670||30,690|
|Other Measures of Social Improvement:|
|Permanent Premises for Occupational Clubs and Centres.||6,820||6,810|
|Development of Social Service Work among Women.||57,400||30,000|
|Social Work among Adolescent Boys and Girls||119,980||75,000|
|Holiday Camps for School Children||291,980||208,310|
|Educational Activities and Library Services||56,210||33,710|
|Physical Training Classes||15,000||12,750|
|Sunderland House Decoration Scheme||10,000||500|
|Subsistence Production Scheme||56,500||55,250|
|Restoration of Durham Castle||10,000||4,000|
§ It is not possible to give separate figures of the expenditure or commitments510
§ (3) the amount of money spent, or proposed to be spent, by the Commissioner for the Special Areas in South-West Durham to provide employment?
§ Following is the reply:
§ incurred for each individual area. But information is given in the Commissioner's 511 reports regarding the places in which schemes have been undertaken. It should also be noted that the Commissioner's grants are designed to promote the economic developments and social improvement of the areas and not primarily to provide employment.
§ 23. Mr. Whiteley
asked the Minister of Labour whether the Team Valley Trading Estate is now fully, controlled by the trading estate authorities, or whether the Gateshead Corporation house-planning scheme is still in existence as part of the estate and is to go forward?
§ Mr. Brown
I assume that the hon. Member refers to the town planning scheme known as the Central North Durham Joint Planning Scheme which embraces the site of the Team Valley Trading Estate. I am informed that the authorities concerned have agreed to a modification to permit the proposed layout of the trading estate.
§ Mr. Whiteley
Are we to understand from the answer that those people who have individual interests are to be allowed to build their own houses, or is there to be some exchange made?
§ Sir Francis Fremantle
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Sutton Dwellings Trustees have offered to build houses on this estate, and that they have been refused a site; and will he advise that the refusal of this offer should be reversed?
§ 24. Mr. Sexton
asked the Minister of Labour whether he will publish the findings of the independent experts who, at the request of Sir Malcolm Stewart, agreed to carry out a survey of South-West Durham, to find out whether there were further schemes which merited the assistance of the Commissioner for the Special Areas, as mentioned in paragraph 146 of the third report?
§ Mr. Brown
The report to which the hon. Member refers was a survey of sanitary services in South-West Durham and was made by two officials of the Ministry of Health at the request of the Commissioner for Special Areas. I see no 512 reason to reconsider the decision conveyed to the hon. Member for Spennymoor (Mr. Batey) on 16th November.
§ Mr. Sexton
Will the right hon. Gentleman, in spite of the recent business experts' report, see that this Special Area is not abandoned to demolition?
63. Mr. Jenkins
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury the number of undertakings in each of the Special Areas financed by the Special Areas Reconstruction Association; the number of persons employed in such undertakings; and the total loan capital advanced?
§ The Financial Secretary to the Treasury (Lieut.-Colonel Colville)
I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my right hon. Friend to the hon. Member for Whitehaven (Mr. Anderson) on 3rd December, 1936, from which he will see why it is considered undesirable to give figures for the individual areas covered by the Special Areas Reconstruction Association.
§ 64. Mr. E. J. Williams
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury the value of orders which have gone to the Special Areas and the name and amount for each area, respectively, of work in actual progress?
§ Lieut.-Colonel Colville
As regards orders given by the Service Departments, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given on the 1st February by the Minister for Co-ordination of Defence to my hon. Friend the Member for Belfast, South (Mr. W. John Stewart), and also to the statement on this subject contained in Command Paper 5386, issued this week. The policy of preference also applies to orders placed by the Civil Departments, but their amount is necessarily small in comparison, and I fear that it has not been possible in the time available to obtain particulars. For the reasons explained in previous answers, I regret that I cannot give figures for each area separately.