28. Mr. MACLEAN
asked the Home Secretary the amount that it has cost to administer the Sandstone Silicosis Fund for the last complete year; and the amount paid out in compensation during the same period?
§ Mr. CLYNES
It appears, from the Revenue Account of the fund for 1930, that the total administrative expenses incurred in that year in connection with the collection of levies and payment of compensation claims amounted, roughly, to £2,700. This figure does not include the cost of the medical board or of the local joint committees which determine claims. These expenses, which amounted, roughly, to £7,600, can hardly, I think, be regarded as expenses of administering the fund. The amount paid out in compensation 1348 during the year was £5,580 odd, and the amount collected in levies was £48,715.
Can the right hon. Gentleman say to what other Department the expenses of the medical board are apportioned, if they are not apportioned partly to his Department, and what part of them can be apportioned to that Department?
§ Mr. CLYNES
These are points with regard to which I could not answer without notice. There may be administrative facts behind the figures given in my reply, and I shall be glad to look into them.