asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury what amount of money of the funds of the various trade unions was used for political purposes; and what amount of money has been paid out by the various trade unions for the financial year ending December, 1921, for unemployment, strike, and lock-out pay?
No information is available, except in respect of those trade unions which have registered with the Chief Registrar of Friendly Societies under the Trade Union Acts. The last calendar year for which complete figures are available is 1920, when the expenditure by registered unions for the purposes mentioned was:
|Unemployment and dispute benefit||£4,884,354|
|Political fund payments||£185,980|