§ Mr. MILLS
asked the Minister of Health whether the money available for unemployment grants in respect of approved employment schemes is nearing exhaustion; whether it is proposed to continue the 100 per cent, grants; and, if so, whether he will consider reducing the present percentage qualification from 15 per cent. to 10 per cent, where the rateable value of any area falls to 10 per cent. below normal?
§ Mr. GREENWOOD
As was stated in reply to a question asked yesterday by my hon. Friend the Member for Spennymoor (Mr. Batey), the sum voted for this purpose has been allocated with the exception of a small sum kept in hand to meet engineering contingencies and provision has not been made for additional grants of this kind.
§ Mr. GOULD
asked the Minister of Health the number of schemes sanctioned under the Development (Loans, Guarantees, and Grants) Act, 1929, for public utility undertakings within the adminis- 616W trative county of Somerset; the name of the authority or company; and the cost of the scheme?
§ Miss BONDFIELD
Since 1st June, 1929, applications for grant in respect of schemes of work for the relief of unemployment submitted to the Unemployment Grants Committee by local authorities and other statutory bodies in Somersetshire eligible to make application under Part II of the Development (Loan Guarantees and Grants) Act, 1929, have been sanctioned as follow:
Local Authority. Number of Schemes sanctioned. Total Cost. £ Axbridge R.D.C. 4 schemes 41,006 Bath R.D.C. 1 scheme 1,900 Bath T.C. 6 schemes 108,375 Bridgwater T.C. 6 schemes 18,984 Burnham-on-Sea U.D.C. 2 schemes 32,250 Chard R.D.C. 2 schemes 2,850 Clevedon U.D.C. 1 scheme 1,010 Clutton R.D.C. 1 scheme 4,421 Ilminster U.D.C. 2 sehemes 7,485 Keynsham R.D.C. 1 scheme 25,730 Midsomer Norton U.D.C. 2 schemes 17,986 Radstock U.D.C. 1 scheme 1,090 Taunton T.C. 2 schemes 20,290 Weston - super - Mare U.D.C. 4 schemes 42,283 Wiveliscombe U.D.C. 1 scheme 2,000 Yeovil T.C. 5 schemes 5,420 Total 41 schemes £333,080
§ Mr. FREEMAN
asked the Minister of Labour if she will give details of any schemes for grants applied for by the Brecon and Radnor County Councils to the Unemployment Grants Committee during 1929 and 1930, showing the date, amount of grant, and whether there are any applications outstanding?
§ Miss BONDFIELD
Since 1st June, 1929, no application for grant in respect of schemes of work for the relief of unemployment has been made to the Unemployment Grants Committee by the Radnor County Council. An application for grant in respect of one scheme, estimated to cost £863, was made by Brecon County Council on 1st August, 1930. A grant has been approved in this case and no other applications are outstanding.