When the Blantyre fund was merged with the Scottish Mining Disasters Relief Fund, there were seven persons taken over. I cannot say how many of them are still there.
asked the Secretary for Mines whether he will give, to the nearest convenient date, the total capital existing in the Scottish Mining Disasters Fund, the annual income derived therefrom, the annual expenditure, the number of persons receiving relief from the fund, and the names of the board of governors?
The hon. Member will see in Cd. Paper 5167 that, on 15th May, 1935, the Scottish Mining Disasters Relief Fund had a balance in hand of £8,408 12s. 7d., and there were at that date five persons in receipt of relief. I am informed that the income of the fund during the year ended 15th May, 1935, was £370 13s. 10d., and the expenditure £380 4s. 7d., of which £256 6s. 4d. represents the amount paid in relief to beneficiaries. With my hon. Friend's permission, I will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT a list of the governors of the fund.
I understand that, under the scheme, money has to be applied in the first instance to continuing payments to the beneficiaries of the Blantyre and Udston funds, and that any surplus may be applied to the relief of sufferers from any mining disaster in Scotland in future involving the death of not less than six persons.
The Governors of the Scottish Mining Disasters Relief Fund are: