§ MR. WATT (Glasgow, College)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that large sums of money are held by the Scottish banks on deposit receipts; that many of the thrifty of the working class invest their savings in that way; that the loss or mislay of the receipt destroys all evidence of the transaction except the evidence of the books of the banks; that no effort whatever is made by the banks to find the owners of these sums or their representatives; and that, ultimately, the money goes to enrich the shareholders of the banks; and whether, under these circumstances, he will institute a Departmental Inquiry into this matter.
§ THE SECRETARY FOR SCOTLAND (Mr. SINCLAIR,) Forfarshire
I am aware 95 that considerable sums are invested in the manner described by my hon. friend, and I will cause inquiry to be made regarding the points raised in the latter part of the Question.
§ MR. YOUNGER (Ayr Burghs)
Does the right hon. Gentleman accept the statement that the banks make no efforts to find the owners of these sums——
§ MR. SPEAKER
Order, order. Really, I think other hon. Members who have Questions on the Paper should have some chance.