HC Deb 16 November 1926 vol 199 cc1704-5W

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that the Pontypool Guardians have given instructions to their officers to cease the payment of poor relief to miners' dependants, and what steps he has taken in the matter?


On being informed of the decision of the Pontypool Guardians, my right hon. Friend communicated with the clerk to the guardians, pointing out that so far as that decision indicated a refusal to consider applications for relief it was contrary to the statutory duties of the guardians, and further, in so far as the resolution purported to override the duty of the relieving officers to grant relief in cases of sudden or urgent necessity, it was ultra vires. He understands that the relieving officers are performing their duties, and has intimated to the guardians his willingness to consider an application for a further loan in respect of their current expenditure.


asked the Minister of Health if the Leigh Board of Guardians have passed a resolution that after Tuesday, the 16th instant, and during the present dispute in the coal trade, outdoor relief shall not be granted to coal miners and their dependants save in sickness or other exceptional circumstances, and whether he intends to take any steps in the matter?


I am aware of this resolution, which is within the discretion of the guardians, and I do not see that any action on my part is called for.