HC Deb 24 July 1912 vol 41 c1178

asked why there is on the Somerset Provisional Health Committee only one representative from Bridgwater, while there are three from Taunton and several others from the neighbourhood of that town?


The steps which have been taken by the Insurance Commissioners to secure the formation of these committees, the methods of obtaining the representation of insured persons in each area, and the reason for adopting those methods, are fully explained in the Memorandum of which I am sending a copy to the hon. Member. The committees include members directly nominated by the county or county borough council as well as representatives of the insured persons. District committees will be constituted in due course, and on these full local representation will be secured.


Were the Insurance Commissioners aware before they appointed these men that they were residing outside the locality?


I could not say whether they were aware of it, but there is no objection to members residing outside the locality so long as they are appointed by members of approved societies largely represented in the locality which, they represent. Most of them live on the borders, just outside.