§ MR. W. J. GALLOWAY (Manchester, S.W.)
I beg to ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he is aware of the widespread dissatisfaction there exists with regard to the compulsory declaration, to be made before a Justice of the Peace by friendly societies' officials as a preliminary to the registration by the Friendly Societies' Registry Office of amendments of rules; and, whether the Treasury will undertake either to make a new Treasury Regulation under the authority of Section 38 of the Friendly Societies Act, 1875, abolishing such declaration; or, if this course is not practicable, to amend the Oaths Act, or other Act dealing with this matter, so that this requirement may be done away with?
§ THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER
I am not aware that there is widespread dissatisfaction on this subject. There may, of course, be occasionally some difficulty in remote country places in the attendance of friendly societies' officials before a Justice of the Peace, but that cannot be considered as sufficient justification for the abolition of 61 a regulation which is the only protection to the members of a friendly society against the registration of amendments not duly made by the society.