HC Deb 26 July 1939 vol 230 cc1592-3W

asked the Minister of Labour the number of young people transferred from distressed areas to Lancashire, particularly to the Rochdale, Oldham, Ashton and Manchester areas; and was any grant of money received from the Lord Mayor's Fund in these cases?


Twenty-three boys have been transferred from the depressed mining areas to employment in Lancashire, of whom three received assistance from the Lord Mayor's Fund; six of the boys were placed in Rochdale; none in either Oldham or Ashton. In addition, 19 girls have been transferred to domestic service, including one in Oldham, two in Manchester, and four in Ashton.


asked the Minister of Labour whether, in connection with grants towards road work under any of the Government's new proposals, she will avoid imposing conditions which bring any men from depressed areas into districts where there is already a large number of the same class of men unemployed; and whether, for this purpose, she can state exactly what is the definition of a depressed area?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative; with regard to the second part, a depressed mining area is one in which a large proportion of the population is unemployed and unlikely to find employment in the area in future.