HC Deb 23 November 1939 vol 353 cc1442-3W
Mr. Kennedy

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has considered the decision and representations of Scottish local authorities in support of a demand that a refund should be allowed in respect of expenditure on poor relief, as in the fields of health, education, police and other services; and whether any action will be taken by the Government on the line suggested?

Mr. Colville

As the right hon. Gentleman will be aware, the expenditure of local authorities on public assistance is part of the rate-borne expenditure towards which the block grant is paid, and any proposal that the State should make a direct contribution.in respect of expenditure on poor relief would necessitate a review of the existing grant arrangements. Certain local authorities made representations to me on this subject earlier in the year and were informed on 20th April last that I was unable at present to agree to an alteration in the arrangements governing the State's contributions towards local expenditure.