HC Deb 30 May 1881 vol 261 c1662

asked the President of the Board of Trade, Whether it is desirable to publish (for instance) in the Blue Book of this year, the Returns published by so many Life Assurance Companies the same time last year, and, to proceed on the same system, by which the Returns for the past year, and for the past quinquennial period, published this spring, would next spring appear in the Blue Book; and, whether it would not be possible to include in the Blue Book for each year those Returns printed and published by the Companies in the early portion of that year?


I think that the changes suggested by the hon. and gallant Member cannot be legally effected. The 24th section of the Life Assurance Companies' Act, 1870, requires the Board of Trade to lay before Parliament all Returns deposited with it during the preceding year.