The Fisher Committee has concluded a new Agreement with the Ministry of Labour by which the per capita grant for boys from distressed areas living in its hostel in Lansdowne Road was raised from 22s. a week to 30s, This important change was announced at the second annual meeting of the Conunittec last Thursday, which took place in London.
A representative of the Ministry of Labour stated at the meeting that the Catholic boys from the distressed
areas were well looked after by the Fisher Committee.
Mgr. Myers was in the chair at the meeting. The committee, he said, had undergone many financial difficulties during the year, but that owing to the great generosity and untiring efforts of the Hon. Mrs. Bower, the Viscountese Encombe and Mrs de ralopital they had managed to discharge all their liabilities. The only way in which the Committee could carry on was by the continued generosity of their annual subscribers and donators. Mgr. Myers announced that the hostel at 5, Lansdowne Road would be called St. Philip's House to cement the link between the Oratory and the Fisher Committee.
The Hon. Mrs Bower, in proposing the adoption of the Report and Accounts, thanked the Ministry of Labour for all their help for the welfare of Catholic boys.
She stated that a new Agreement with the Ministry had just been effected by which they had ratted the per capita grant for boys living in the Hostel from E2s. to Sgs. a week., provided that the number of boys in residence for less than six months did not fall below SO for three consecutive months, The Ministry would continue as before to pay the boys 5s. a, week packet money, During April, 31. boys had entered the Hostel but many of these had since gone to living-in jobs. The Ministry had now agreed to the Fisher Committee co'operating in getting jobs for the boys which would enable them to live at the Hostel, and they would also allow the boys to Come to the Hostel for a short time before they got jobs.