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Part of Orders of the Day — Supply. – in the House of Commons on 15th March 1929.

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Photo of Mr Albert Alexander Mr Albert Alexander , Sheffield, Hillsborough

I have listened very carefully to the speech of my hon. Friend the Member for Spennymoor (Mr. Batey). I am a member of the Executive Committee of the Lord Mayor's Relief Fund, and as the hon. Member was admonishing the members of that committee, I feel it is incumbent upon me to say a few words in reply. With the hon. Member's concluding words, I thoroughly agree. I think that the decision of the Government to give pound for pound according to the amount received from charitable sources is a very inadequate way of dealing with distress in the mining areas, and, on the general principle, my hon. Friend the Member for Spennymoor and myself are in agreement. When I come to the hon. Member's detailed criticism of the administration of that Fund, then, as a member of the Executive Committee of the Lord Mayor's Relief Fund, I must say that there is absolutely no restriction or hold-up by the central committee at all of the character which has been described by him.