§ 5. Mr. James Griffiths
asked the Minister of Labour the amount of grants 536 made by the Commissioner for Special Areas during the past 12 months, and how the grants have been distributed and the purposes for which they were made; and to what extent it is proposed to maintain the work of the Commissioner during the present year?
§ Mr. E. Brown
As the question involves a number of figures, I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate a statement in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ Mr. Griffiths
Are these grants being studied in relation to the recommendations of the Royal Commission and will the right hon. Gentleman make a statement on that matter?
§ Following is the statement:
§ The commitments entered into by the Commissioner for the Special Areas (England and Wales) during the 12 months ended 31st January, 1940, were as follow:
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§ The commitments relate to offers of financial assistance made to trading estates companies, local authorities, housing and land settlement associations and voluntary bodies, etc., undertaking schemes of the types referred to. During the same period the total payments made by the Commissioner amounted to £2,913,000 and were largely in discharge of commitments entered into prior to 1st February, 1939. As regards the last part of the Question, I would refer the hon. Member to my statement on 12th December, 1939, on the Expiring Laws Continuance Bill.
§ 65. Mr. J. Griffiths
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury the num- 537 ber and the amount of the loans granted during the past 12 months by the Special Areas Reconstruction Association; and whether the Association proposes to continue its work and to make loans in the coming financial year?
§ The Financial Secretary to the Treasury (Captain Crookshank)
The Special Areas Reconstruction Association has agreed to make 23 loans amounting to £68,850 during the last 12 months. Certain of the loans, however, will not be proceeded with during the present abnormal trading conditions owing to the restrictions of markets, essential supplies, etc. The Association is continuing its work and proposes to grant further loans in suitable cases having regard to the circumstances prevailing when the applications are considered.
§ Mr. Mathers
Can we have circulated in the Official Report details of the loans which have been authorised and those which have been postponed?
§ Captain Crookshank
I do not know whether the information is available or not, but if the hon. Member likes to put down a Question on the point, I will see to it.