§ 38. Mr. BARNES
asked the Secretary to the Treasury if his attention has been called to the action of the Great Southern and Western Railway Company, Ireland, who are making membership of the company's benefit society compulsory for the purposes of the National Insurance Act; and if he can take any steps to prevent the carrying out of the scheme?
§ 73. Mr. CLANCY
asked the Secretary to the Treasury whether his attention has been directed to a resolution passed at a meeting of employés of the Great Southern and Western Railway Company of Ireland, at Inchicore, Dublin, complaining that a new rule has been made (apparently by the company) by which membership of the sick fund society of the company is denied to persons who desire to obtain the advantages of the National Insurance Act through their respective trades societies or any societies other than the sick fund society; and whether, if such a rule has been made, the Insurance Commissioners for Ireland propose to take any action in reference thereto?
§ Mr. MASTERMAN
The Commissioners understand that it is intended to discontinue the existing Great Southern and Western Railway Sick Fund, and that the Assistant Registrar for Ireland is in communication with the officials with a view to the submission of a scheme under Section 73 of the Act. Application has been made to the Commissioners for the approval of a new society called the Great Southern and Western Railway Employés Benefit Society, which, in addition to undertaking insurance business under the Act, proposes to provide benefits independently of the Act. Under the rules submitted membership for the purposes of the Act is not conditional upon membership of the society for other purposes outside the Act.