HC Deb 31 January 1929 vol 224 cc1157-8W

asked the President of the Board of Education whether an arrangement has been arrived at whereby the Co-operative Union Fund for miners' relief will be pooled with the Lord Mayor's Fund in order to obtain the Government grant; and whether it is intended that the amount so obtained is to be available for general use or is to be limited to the issue of vouchers on local co-operative societies only in the distressed areas?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. The amount actually contributed by the Co-operative Union to the Lord Mayor's Fund will be applied through the fund organisation to the purchase of vouchers for use at local co-operative societies in the distressed areas, or, alternatively, where so desired, with the tradesmen with whom the recipients are accustomed to deal. The equivalent Government grant will, of course, not be subject to this arrangement, but will form part of the fund available for general purposes.