HC Deb 24 February 1948 vol 447 cc1749-50
14. Mr. Thornton-Kemsley

asked the Secretary of State for War what sums from the profits of the Royal Tournament, held at Olympia last June, have been received by the Army; and how has this money been distributed between individual Army charities.

Mr. Shinwell

The Army share of the profits of the 1947 Royal Tournament has been recently assessed at some £18,000. The manner in which this sum will be applied is under consideration.

Mr. Thornton-Kemsley

Is the Minister aware that in the past organisations like S.A.A.F.A., the Soldiers and Sailors Help Society, the Royal Artillery Benevolent Fund, and the Cavalry Benefit Association have benefited considerably from the profits of the Royal Tournament? They have not had anything yet from this Tournament, and can the Secretary of State tell us whether they will be getting something?

Mr. Shinwell

I should be surprised if they do not get their share in due course. It is in the hands of the United Services trustees.

Sir G. Jeffreys

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the profits of the Royal Tournament have been for many years governed by certain rules and are for the benefit of Service charities? Is that assistance still to go on?

Mr. Shinwell

Yes, there is no change in the system.

Mr. H. D. Hughes

Does not my right hon. Friend think that the time has now come for a thorough overhaul of the re-organisation of this system of miscellaneous Army charities?

Mr. Shinwell

That seems to be another question.