asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has made an agreement with representatives of industrial assurance societies to exclude death benefits from the scope of the National Insurance Bill; and, if so, if he will state the date when the agreement was made and the terms of such agreement?
Mr. McKINNON WOOD
My right hon. Friend gave this pledge in a letter addressed to a correspondent on the 1st December, 1910, and published in the 1181 Press at the time. Its terms were as follows:—The proposed benefits do not include the provision of a funeral benefit or any immediate money payment on the death of a contributor or his relatives.… The whole of this field will still be left open to existing agencies.