HC Deb 06 March 1940 vol 358 cc397-8W
Sir W. Smiles

asked the Home Secretary what is the approximate amount of money paid by the British Government per week to continental refugees living in the United Kingdom?

Sir J. Anderson

No direct payment is made by His Majesty's Government to continental refugees in this country, but as my hon. Friend is aware Parliament has voted certain sums of money as a grant in aid of the expenses of the voluntary organisations which are assisting refugees from Germany and Austria. The amount of the grant depends on the amount raised from voluntary sources—the grant being on a £1 for £1 basis subject to a maximum of £27,000 a month. In addition, help is being given to refugees from Czecho-Slovakia, but the Trust Fund for this purpose was instituted by transferring thereto money which had been granted to the former Government of Czecho-Slovakia.