HC Deb 22 May 1912 vol 38 cc1916-7

asked the Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that the manager of the Belfast Corporation Tramways has issued a notice to the employés with regard to the National Insurance Act, in which he states that he is very clearly of the opinion that the men should not select any society, no matter how first-rate it may be, which has anything whatever to do with politics or trade unionism; and, if so, whether he proposes to take any steps to secure to the employés their right of selection of an approved society?


It is both the clear intention of the Act and in itself very desirable that insured persons should have absolute freedom in the choice of their approved society. I have no legal power, however, to prevent such circulars being issued as those described in the question.