HC Deb 11 March 1926 vol 192 cc2560-1
31. Mr. PALING

asked the President of the Board of Education how many local education authorities have received grants from the Central Miners' Welfare Fund for providing buildings and other facilities for instruction in mining; how many have actually submitted plans and proposals for the same; and how many are in process of construction, or are likely to proceed to build, in the immediate future?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Lord Eustace Percy)

Grants from the central portion of the Miners' Welfare Fund for providing buildings and other facilities for higher instruction in mining have up to the present date been received by 13 local education authorities in England and Wales. In each case plans have been submitted to and approved by my Department, and the schemes for which the grants have been made are in every case completed or in course of completion, since it is one of the conditions laid down by the Miners' Welfare Committee in regard to allocations for these purposes that no grant can be paid till the plans have been approved and the money is required for immediate expenditure. Until that stage is reached the allocations made by the committee remain on a provisional basis, and with regard to the sum at present provisionally allocated, in which 11 authorities are interested, I would refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Hanley (Mr. Clowes) on the 4th March last, a copy of which I am sending him.