HC Deb 12 December 1922 vol 159 c2618W

asked the Minister of Labour if he will consider the inclusion among works of a reproductive nature for which official assistance could properly be granted the provisions of water supplies in many of the hill villages which are without them and cannot, unaided, afford them; and whether he is aware that such a policy would considerably relieve unemployment in the rural districts?


It is open now for a local authority, if the degree of local unemployment warrants this course, to submit a scheme of water supply for grant. The local authority should, of course, before submitting a scheme, make sure that it is a practicable one from the engineering and the financial standpoint.

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