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Volume 237: debated on Tuesday 25 March 1930

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asked the Lord Privy Seal how many of the schemes that have been approved by the Government for the relief of unemployment in the city of Bristol have been commenced; and when the rest of the schemes will be started?

Two schemes in the Bristol district have been approved under Part I of the Development (Loan Guarantees and Grants) Act, 1929. One of these, estimated to cost some £1,200,060, was commenced on the 5th March, the other, involving expenditure of £144,000, is due to start by the 14th May. Under Part II of the Act, 15 schemes submitted during the period 1st June, 1929, to 28th February, 1930, have been approved for grant by the Unemployment Grants Committee. Work has started on at least 11 of these schemes, two of which have already been completed. As regards the remaining four schemes, my information is that work should start at a very early date. Seven road schemes estimated to cost £180,580 have also been approved. Work has started on four of these schemes.

May I ask whether the trade union rates of wages are being paid in connection with these schemes?

The usual Fair Wages Clause is always inserted, but I cannot speak for any definite or particular scheme. If the hon. Member has any case in mind, perhaps he will draw my attention to it.