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South Africa War Charities

Volume 411: debated on Wednesday 13 June 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will move to set up a Select Committee or other appropriate body to ascertain what has happened to the funds collected during the South African War for the assistance of men who fought in that war and their dependants; who is now responsible for the distribution of such funds; how many persons are in receipt of help from the fund; and what is the amount of money remaining for distribution.

The funds referred to by my hon. Friend are being administered by the various charities to which they were allocated. The War Office is not responsible for their administration, and the answers to the last two parts of his Question could only be available from the bodies concerned. I am not at present aware of any need for the special measures suggested in the first part of my hon. Friend's Question.