HC Deb 17 April 1913 vol 51 c2102

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the liquidator of the Irish Provident Assurance Company has had the property of the victims of that company under his control for two years without giving them any satisfaction; whether he is entitled to retain this property indefinitely; if not, when will the Board require a settlement; whether the Board has power to substitute a liquidator for a nominee of the failing directors; and, in view of the number of poor people suffering from this particular failure, whether he will have the assets, if any, distributed without further delay?


As the hon. Member has been informed on three previous occasions, the liquidation of the Irish Provident Assurance Company, Limited, is not under the control of the Board of Trade, but under that of the Irish Courts. The Board of Trade have no jurisdiction in the matter.


Will not the Board of Trade inquire into a case which has been in Court two years?


As I have said, we have no jurisdiction, but I will ascertain if we can make any inquiry on behalf of the hon. Gentleman.