HC Deb 18 July 1929 vol 230 cc625-6

asked the President of the Board of Education whether the grants of public money made in 1928 and 1929 to the Lord Mayor's Fund for Distressed Miners were intended to deal with existing distress; whether he is aware that the committees administering the fund have now been informed that until the autumn relief is only to be given to certain cases; that it is proposed to keep money in the fund to distribute in the autumn instead of using is as required immediately and that this means stopping the supply of food to people in need at this moment; and whether, if the facts are as stated, he will make representations to the Lord Mayor suggesting that the fund be used as and where needed during the present months?


I am informed that certain forms of assistance, for example, the general distribution of boots and clothing, have been suspended during the summer months, provision being made for cases of exceptional need. I am further informed that this step has been taken on the advice of the divisional committees who are acquainted with the conditions in the various localities. I am not in a position to do more than convey to the Lord Mayor views which I may gather from hon. Members of this House.