Britain to Make Monthly Grants to Refugees, Commons Told

Home Secretary Sir John Anderson today announced in Commons the Government’s decision to contribute to the maintenance of refugees now in England by monthly grants equivalent to half of the expenditure incurred by voluntary organizations, provided that the Government grant does not exceed L27,000 monthly.

The contributions will continue for six months, but the amount will be reviewed after three months. In addition, the Government will make a retroactive contribution of L100,000 towards expenditures incurred since the beginning of the war.

Anderson confirmed that voluntary organizations have agreed to appoint a representative committee, including independent members not connected with these organizations, which will exercise general overseeing powers to ensure economy and efficiency. It is understood that Sir Herbert Emerson, League of Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and director of the Intergovernmental Committee on Refugees, will head the new committee.

Pending Parliament’s vote on a supplementary estimate to cover the grant, advances will be made from the Civil Contingencies Fund.

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