Mr. T. THOMSON
asked the Minister of Health the amount of outdoor poor relief paid to able-bodied unemployed persons between December, 1918, and December, 1924, or the nearest available date?
The amount of domiciliary Poor Law relief in money or kind given in England and Wales to persons ordinarily engaged in some regular occupation and their dependants during the period from the 31st March, 1920, to the 31st January, 1925, was approximately £ 30,155,000. The corresponding amount for the period from December, 1918, to March, 1920, has not been ascertained. The sum named includes all domiciliary Poor Law relief in money or kind given to the persons mentioned whether granted on account of unemployment or for some other reasons such as (for example) sickness.