§ DR. CLARK (Caithness)
asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether, considering that there are nearly 10,000,000 members in Burial Societies and Industrial Assurance Companies, with an income of about £4,000,000 annually, the Government will appoint a Royal Commission to inquire into the operation of Section 30 of the Friendly Societies Act; and, if not, by what means the Government intend to get the necessary information during the Recess?
§ THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER (Mr. GOSCHEN) (St. George's, Hanover Square)
, in reply, said, the Government were fully alive to the extreme importance of the difficult matter to which the Question referred. They did not propose, as at present advised, to appoint a Royal Commission to inquire into the subject. He could assure the hon. Member that there was every disposition to supply information on every side; the Government was fully able to make a thorough inquiry without a Royal Commission, which involved expensive machinery. They would do their best to get all possible information during the Recess.