§ Mr. CHARLES BATHURST
asked to what extent county nursing associations and the rural midwives associations can, and are likely to be, utilised in connection with the National Health Insurance scheme; and whether any Grants out of public funds will be obtainable by such associations to balance the loss of voluntary contributions which they are already suffering, and are likely to suffer still further in the future, as the result of the National Insurance Act?
§ Mr. MASTERMAN
It is impossible at present to forecast to what extent the local Insurance Committees and approved societies may desire to avail themselves of the assistance of county nursing associations and rural midwives associations. I have no information as to loss incurred by such association in voluntary contributions as the result of the National Insurance Act, nor do I anticipate that such a loss, if it exists, would be more than temporary in character.