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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 John Tinker Mr John Tinker , Leigh

We appreciate the point of view that has been put by my hon. Friend the Member for Hillsborough (Mr. A. V. Alexander), as one who is serving on the Committee, but I think he will understand our point of view in thinking that the Lord Mayor's Fund is not being speeded up. The impression that I get is that, owing to the slight revival in the coal trade due to the cold weather, the Lord Mayor's Fund is being somewhat held up, and I want the President of the Board of Education, and also my hon. Friend the Member for Hillsborough, to understand that the poverty-is not yet removed, but that we want all the help we can get as quickly as possible. There is a large sum of money, and the more quickly it can be allocated the better it will be for us. The other night, hon. Members opposite seemed to think that we ought to thank the Government for what they have done, but the fact that we are not fulsome in our praise of the Government does not mean that we are lacking in appreciation of the generosity of the efforts that are being made. I cannot find it in me to thank a person who has kicked me into the gutter and then throws me a few pence; and, after all, that is what has happened.