§ Mr. A. V. ALEXANDER
asked the Secretary for Mines whether a large sum of money has accumulated in respect of unused balances of mining disaster relief funds; if so, what is the total amount of such balances; and whether the Government has considered the question of taking any steps, including Parliamentary action if necessary, to make it possible to apply such balances in relieving the distress of unemployed workers in the mining industry 'and their families, without prejudice to outstanding claims on these funds?
§ Commodore KING
There are no large unused balances in mining disaster relief funds. I informed the hon. Member for Rothwell (Mr. Lunn) on 3rd April that in every case, with the exception of one small fund, the money is serving a useful purpose. The one small fund then referred to has been wound up by the transfer of the outstanding balance to the Central Association of Miners' Permanent Relief Societies.