§ 64. Mr. Thorne
asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that, as a result of the debts incurred by the late West Ham board of guardians and the expenditure incurred between March, 1922, and July, 1926, £2,700,000 had to be borrowed with the Ministry's consent, including a loan of £300,000, and that the amount apportioned to West Ham and East Ham was about £1,000,000, equal to a 7d. rate, while only £740,000 fell on Essex County Council, equivalent to a 2d. rate for the districts concerned; and whether he will take steps to grant a moratorium for a number of years to ease the burden upon West Ham?
§ Sir K. Wood
I am aware that the amount of the loans contracted by the West Ham Board of Guardians which was outstanding on 31st March, 193o, was apportioned approximately as stated but as I mentioned in my reply to the hon. Member on the 17th instant I have no power to extend the period of repayment or to make further concessions in respect of these loans.
§ Mr. Thorne
In view of their financial difficulties, will the Minister agree to revise the agreements, so that West Ham will not be called upon to pay so much?
§ Mr. Thorne
Is the Minister aware that his own Government are now appealing to America to make a revision of this country's obligations?