§ 63. Mr. R. McNEILL
asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that the administration of the Prince of Wales' Fund as a private charity is causing dissatisfaction; and whether, in view of the national character of the fund and of the objects for which it was subscribed, he will consider whether it should be taken over by the Government and administered by a Minister responsible to the House?
§ Mr. McNEILL
Does my right hon. Friend realise that there is no means of knowing how this enormous fund is administered or whether applications for benefit from it are properly considered or not, and will the Government not reconsider whether it should be taken over by them and treated as a real national institution?
§ Mr. BILLING
Is not the name of the Prince of Wales being used to collect money; and, having regard to criticisms which have been made against the administration of the fund, is it not the duty of the Government to safeguard the name of the Prince of Wales?
§ Mr. BONAR LAW
I understand the money was given entirely by private subscribers, but it is certainly the duty of the Government to consider whether or not the fund is being administered properly.
§ Sir C. KINLOCH-COOKE
Was this fund provided for the benefit of the civil population, and is it not now being used by the War Office for military purposes?
§ Mr. MacVEAGH
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that a similar fund was collected at the time of the Crimean War, that forty years afterwards the Government had to take charge of it, and it has not yet been wound up?