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Poor Law Relief, Plymouth

Volume 155: debated on Thursday 15 June 1922

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asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been drawn to a recent case where the Plymouth Board of Guardians offered an ex-service man out-relief for a fortnight on the understanding that the money was to be paid back to the guardians out of the prize money which the man was expecting to receive; and will he take steps to see that this practice is not repeated either at Plymouth or in any other district?

My attention has not previously been called to this case. The question whether relief should in any particular case be given by way of loan is not one on which I have any authority to give instructions, and I am, therefore, not in a position to take the action suggested.