HC Deb 08 March 1955 vol 538 cc142-3
41. Mr. Noel-Baker

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether he will arrange for a subsidy of £3,000 per annum to be paid from Government revenues to the Smoke Abatement Society.

Mr. Sandys

Most useful work is being done by the National Smoke Abatement Society, but it does not necessarily follow that a Government subsidy is called for.

Mr. Noel-Baker

Is it not a fact that the Society's work could be very usefully expanded by means of a subsidy of this kind? Since the annual loss to the nation is £300 million a year, and since the Society has achieved very appreciable results in the past, would it not be a very sound investment?

Mr. Sandys

I am not unsympathetic to the right hon. Gentleman's point of view, but there are so many deserving causes to which subsidies could be given.

Mr. Noel-Baker

In view of the urgency of this matter, would it not be a good plan for the Minister to win a victory over the Treasury upon it?

Mr. Hastings

Is not this organisation already receiving large sums from firms which make smokeless fuel?

Viscount Hinchingbrooke

Is my right hon. Friend aware that thousands of taxpayers would like to win a victory over the right hon. Gentleman opposite?

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