WELLINGTON, April 3. In the course of a reply to the protest lodged by returned soldiers at Leeston, against the vetoing of a grant of £10,000 by the Lady Liverpool Fund at Christchurch towards the establishment "of. a Soldiers' Club, the Hon. G. AY. Russell said that the Patriotic Funds had been raised for the benefit of sick, wounded, disabled or out of employment members of the forces and their dependents. The fact that the purposes for which the Lady Liverpool, Red Cross, V.M.C.A. -and Salvation Army special funds might have ceased to exist through the war ending, could not, in the Minister's opinion, be regarded as a reason why the very large funds remaining at the disposal of their respective executives should be transferred to objects not coming within the scope of a war fund. As Minister in charge of War Funds it was his desire and intention not to establish any precedent which would open the door by which the funds which had been raised for soldiers could be diverted to any other purpose, however desirable it might be in other respects. In holding down these funds for the direct^ benefit of soldiers he was thinking of the future. Until Parliament by legislation determined otherwise, he should feel it his duty to refuse approval to tile expenditure of any money raised as a war fund outside the direct scope of Ithe clause of the Act referring to the I question,.
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WAR FUNDS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9579, 5 April 1919
WAR FUNDS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9579, 5 April 1919
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