HC Deb 10 June 1912 vol 39 c507
20. Mr. HUDSON

asked the Secretary to the Treasury if his attention has been called to cases of men who have given their assent to join certain societies for the purposes of the National Health Insurance Act, and on further consideration have written informing the secretary of such society that they withdraw from their first intention to join some other approved society; and are they not at liberty to do so before the Act becomes operative?


There is nothing in the Act to prevent their withdrawal. If the applications have not yet been accepted by the society they can withdraw at any time. If the applications have been accepted, withdrawal might or might not, according to the rules of the society, involve a breach of contract. In any case the society could not obtain damages without proving financial loss to itself.