61. Mr. JENKINS
asked the Secretary for Mines with regard to the proposal which is under consideration by the Miners' Welfare Fund Central Committee to establish a superannuation fund for their staff, whether, in view of the doubt as to whether a contribution to this fund out of the welfare fund would be legal, having regard to the terms of Section 4 of the Mining Industry Act, 1934, which provides that the fund may be applied for purposes connected with the social well-being, recreation, and conditions 1315 of living of workers in or about the coal mines, he will consider recommending a contribution from national funds for this purpose?
§ Sir A. LAMBERT WARD
I have been asked to reply. My hon. and gallant Friend is aware that the Miners' Welfare Committee have under consideration the institution of a superannuation scheme for the staff employed by them. He has no reason to doubt the legality of the proposal, and would not be prepared to recommend a contribution from national funds for this purpose.