HC Deb 05 July 1932 vol 268 cc227-8
25. Mr. BATEY

asked the Secretary for Mines the total amount raised by the welfare levy in the County of Durham; and whether he can also state separately the amounts spent or about to be spent on pit-head baths, welfare halls, recreation grounds, and other purposes?

The SECRETARY for MINES (Mr. Isaac Foot)

As the reply is rather long and contains a number of figures I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the reply:

The total amount of Output Welfare Levy collected from the Durham District up to 30th June, 1932, was £1,468,268. Of this sum four-fifths, with certain interest earned, together amounting to £1,240,102, has in accordance with the Act been credited to the Durham District Fund.

The allocations made from the Durham District Fund up to 30th June last are as follow:

Pithead baths, including canteens 16,053
Recreation, indoor and outdoor 650,928
Health 464,321
Other purposes 8,994
Total £1,140,296

One-fifth of the Output Welfare Levy, namely, £293,653, has been credited to the General Welfare Fund, which provides mainly for research and education. In addition, a sum of approximately £109,000 has been collected as Royalties Welfare Levy in respect of minerals raised in Durham. This sum has been credited to the Pithead Baths Fund, which is made up of the receipts from the Royalties Welfare Levy, together with certain contributions from the General Welfare Fund and interest on Welfare Fund investments which the Miners' Welfare Committee have allocated to the Pithead Baths Fund. From the Pithead Baths Fund allocations amounting to £283,795 have been made for pithead baths in Durham.