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MINERS AND THE TAX v VIGOROUS PROTEST AT CARDIFF CONFERENCE. I A s]>coial inference of delegates representiing the lodges of the South Wales Miners' Federation was opened at the; Cory Hall, Cardiff, on Monday morning, mainly for the purpose of discussing, and Jessing resolutions upon, the income tax and food ques- tions. The items oil the aøndai i neluded four resolutions submitted by the Executive Council strongly urging the raising o{¡ the basis of income-tax abatements.. as the. present conditions make the tax a hardship in so many caPes; and « further, dealing with the xit-ed for better control by the Govern- ment of the, supply, distribution and prices of od., tip these matters are very serious to the families of the workers of South Wales, There was a large attendance of delegates, and great interest was takeli in the proceedings. A VIGOROUS PROTEST. I The prmc.pal resolutions submitted were Income ax.- T-liat the Miners' Federation -of Great Britain, having been unable to prevail upon the Chancellor of the Exchequer to raise the slum a llowed as abatement for the assessing of the income ta.x on wages, again expresses its strong determina- tion to. insist npOin the removal of this injustice to the wa,ge earners of the country. "In the opinion of the conference, income tax should not be levied except ifpon incomes ahorve the roint assuring to the workers at least a pre-war standard of living, and in view of securing th's by the next financial Act, ♦he Miners' Federation of Great Britain committee be requested to at I once take steps for bringing the matter liefore the triple alliance for the purpose of putting the necessary steps for giving effect to the resolu- tions upon this matter and others for- ward for immediate adoption." CONTROL, OF FOODSTUFFS. I "The present system of food supply having proved a lamentable failure, resulting in the populations of large areas, from time to time, being un- able to obtain many of the necessaries of Iflfe which can be purchased in other areas, this Conference requests the Triiple Alliance to demand that the Government will assume the full and complc-to control of all food com- modities and apportion them equally among the people." "Food Prices.—That this Conference requests the Triple Allianc-e to at once bring before the Prime Minister the present exorljjtant food prices, and de- mand that the Premier hollld adopt any course that is necessary to relieve the primary articles of food (such as bread, butter. ,margarine, ohcese, milk meat, bacon, tea, potatoes, etc.), of an increase in prices due to excess profits and war risk charges, and that the Triple Alliance demand the fixing of both wholesale and retail prices of siich prirnn/v necessities to enable the people to obtain sufficient food and ensure an, adequate standard of living." MILK FOR THE BABIES I ChAdren.Hanng regard to me ittsuB & c i ency of the food o b  b le for insufficiency of the food obtainable for the proper nourishing of the children, this Conference calls upon the Triple Alliance to take any steps necessary to Rooure that the Prov?.?u <of Meals Act "haH be generally put into opera- tion throughout th? country, with an ad?unte' ?r?ft fr?m the National Fund, and the extension of the powers of education, authorities, enabling tfiem to supply children with boots and clothes in necessitous cas:\s, be- lieving this to be imperatively neces- sary in the interest of child life and the future welfare of the nation." These drastic resolutions had been formulated by the South Wales Exe- cutive Mr James WinHone presided. •*

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