HC Deb 25 February 1907 vol 169 cc1246-7

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to the losses in connection with slate clubs; and whether he can introduce legislation to protect the funds of those who adopt this mode of insurance.


Slate clubs are usually small affairs, dividing at Christmas sums of from 20s. to 30s. They are not registered under any Act of Parliament; but could, if the members wished, be registered under the Friendly Societies Act. There are a few failures each year owing to defalcations; but this might be avoided without recourse to legislation if every person in charge of the funds were required by the members to give security in a good guarantee society. The premium might, if it were thought desirable, be paid by the club.