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Volume 245: debated on Thursday 20 November 1930

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asked the Minister of Labour if she will, as an experiment, place such sums as would be involved, assuming the present payments of unemployment pay continue for six months, at the disposal of the local authorities in Devon and enable those authorities to execute needful work instead of, as now, making payments with no resultant work being done?

Cannot the Minister take the necessary powers? They would be very valuable.

Special legislation of a very fundamental character would be required.