§ MR. J. MACVEAGH (Down, S.)
I beg to ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will arrange for the publication of a Blue-book giving the names and addresses of the original holders of unclaimed Government stock and dividends, so that the heirs may be made aware of the property to which they are entitled.
§ THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER (Mr. LLOYD-GEORGE,) Carnarvon Boroughs
The advisability of adopting the course suggested by the hon. Member has been more than once 1239 considered, but I agree with my predecessors in thinking it undesirable. The compilation of such a Return as the hon. Member suggests, besides involving great trouble and expense, would in my opinion not only fail to serve any useful public purpose, but would encourage the submission of unfounded claims.
§ MR. J. MACVEAGH
How is it possible to advance a proper claim if the public has not opportunities of ascertaining what property is held? Will the right hon. Gentleman oppose a Motion for a Return with this information if moved by a private Member?