§ 29. Mr. WATT
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether his Department wrote in the name of the head of that Department on 31st October, 1911, to the Scottish Clerks' Association to the effect that members of an approved society who were desirous of making their own arrangements for paying their doctors could do so, and that the committee would contribute from the funds out of which medical benefit is payable towards the cost of such medical attendance and treatment?
As I stated in answer to my hon. Friend yesterday, it is proposed to issue a full statement with regard to the position of the Scottish Clerks' Association which will deal with the letter referred to in the question in relation to other communications with the association as to their position under the Insurance Act.
No, my hon. Friend is mistaken. He has read the phrase that "certain arrangements would be possible" to the effect that they would be made, which is quite a different thing.
§ Mr. J. HOGGE
Is it the case that this recognition depends upon the local insurance committee; and, if so, is it further the case that the Glasgow Insurance Committee have admitted the system, while the Edinburgh Insurance Committee have not?
§ Mr. SCOTT DICKSON
Can the right hon. Gentleman say when the statement to which he referred will be ready?
§ Mr. GLYN-JONES
May I ask whether the granting of permission to persons to make their own arrangements is not primarily a matter for the discretion of the insurance committees and not of the Commission?