HC Deb 25 July 1912 vol 41 cc1353-4
17. Mr. J. P. FARRELL

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland if he will explain the basis on which the Longford County Insurance Committee has been formed; how it is that no representative of the Ancient Order of Hibernians or Irish National Foresters has a place on the committee; who supplied the names of the twelve members to represent the injured persons; and will the county insurance committee supersede the committee in charge of the county insurance society formed by the county council at its meeting on 29th June?


My hon. Friend has been misinformed. One member of this committee was appointed on the recommendation of the first society named, and two on that of the second. In constituting the committee, the county council nominated eight members; all the societies which had applied for approval were invited to send names, and members were chosen from their nominations. Four members were appointed by the Insurance Commissioners. The answer to the last part of the question is in the negative. An insurance committee in Ireland has definite statutory duties under Sections 59, 60, and 81 of the Insurance Act, and is entirely distinct from any committee which a county council may appoint to prepare a scheme for the formation of a county approved society.