§ Mr. WHEATLEY
asked the Minister of Labour how many persons were registered as unemployed in Glasgow last week, and how many in the corresponding week, of last year; how many are on municipal relief works now and how many a year ago: and will he consider the making of a special grant to Glasgow in view of the urgent need of providing alternative employment for the men displaced in the shipbuilding and engineering industry of that district?
§ Sir M. BARLOW:
83,361 persons were registered for employment at the Employment Exchanges in Glasgow at 26th February, 1923, and 83,679 at the corresponding date last year. The number of men on relief works in the area was 3,581 at 2nd March, 1923, and 4,316 a year ago. With regard to the last part of the question, grants are available from the various grant-making Departments in respect of approved schemes of relief works. In this connection I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given on 5th March by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister to the hon. Member for the Maryhill Division (Mr. Muir). I am sending copy of this reply.