54 and 55. Captain CROOKSHANK
asked the Minister of Labour (1), whether, with reference to Command Paper No. 3056, Return of Expenditure of Registered Trade Unions, he can state what grants are meant in the column of expenditure headed Grants to other bodies;
(2), whether, with reference to the Return of Expenditure by the Agricultural Workers Trades Union in 1925 and 1926, as published in Command Paper No. 3056, he can state what the bodies were which received these grants; and, if so, whether he will arrange with the Chief Registrar that in future years information regarding recipients of grants shall be included in the Return submitted to Parliament?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of LABOUR (Mr. Betterton)
The items included under the heading "Grants to other bodies etc." are for the most part grants to Federations, other Trade Unions, Trades Councils and Congresses, whether by way of levy or otherwise. There are also included subscriptions to hospitals, convalescent homes and other charitable institutions and transfers of funds between unions on amalgamation or transfer of engagements.
I am circulating in the OFFICIAL REPORT details of the expenditure referred to in question No. 55. To include these particulars in the Returns would involve the publication of a mass of detail and this would not be consistent with the nature of the Returns which are intended to give a brief summary of the available figures.
Has the hon. Gentleman's attention been called to the fact that, in the case of this Union, during that year the grants to other bodies doubled the total amount of benefit to the members of the Union; and does he think that that is right?
§ Mr. BETTERTON
It is entirely a matter of opinion. As I have stated in my answer, I am circulating in the OFFICIAL REPORT details of the items which my hon. and gallant Friend wanted.
§ Mr. MACQUISTEN
Is it possible for the executive of one union to make grants of its funds to other unions; and is there no provision against this misappropriation of funds?
§ Mr. BETTERTON
As my hon. and learned Friend knows, that is a question of law about which I am not acquainted.
§ Following are the details:
§ The bodies which received grants are as follow:—
|Trade Union Congress Distress Fund||—||1,000|
|Trade Union Congress Affiliation Fees||407||371|
|Miners' Federation of Great Britain Distress||—||1,852|
|National Council of Labour Colleges||5||30|
|International Landworkers' Federation||10||—|