HC Deb 13 March 1905 vol 142 c1205

I beg to ask the Postmaster-General if he is aware that the Registrar of Friendly Societies is empowered to compel the attendance of depositors in the Savings Bank to appear before him and answer for the means by which such deposits were procured; and further, seeing that this practice may entail serious expense and very often inconvenience on depositors, will he take steps to have this alleged grievance removed.

THE POSTMASTER-GENERAL (Lord STANLEY, Lancashire, Westhoughton)

The Chief Registrar of Friendly Societies is not under my control; and it is not, therefore, within my province to reply to the hon. Member's Question. I may say, however, that I am not aware of any suggestion for a cheaper or more convenient method of settling disputes between Savings Bank authorities and depositors than that at present in force.