HC Deb 29 April 1913 vol 52 cc987-8

asked, with reference to the supernumerary lamplighters employed by the Gas Light and Coke Company, whether he is aware that these men, who were recently relieved at his instance of the weekly payment of 4d. for their insurance owing to their small wage of 5s. 6d. a week, are now being compelled by the company to pay the whole 7d.; and whether the 4d. a week hitherto deducted by the company from these men will be refunded to the men for the period during which it has been deducted?


I am informed by the Gas Light and Coke Company that there is no foundation for the suggestion made in the first part of the question. It appears that those of the men affected by the recent decision of the Insurance Commissioners who have no other employment have been given an opportunity of considering whether they will continue in insurance (if qualified) as voluntary contributors, and in that capacity receive the benefit of the contributions paid by and in respect of them. In the case of the men who do not elect to take this course, applications for a refund of contributions will be entertained.


Do these men receive their full 5s. 6d. a week now, as they used to do in every case?


I am not quite sure of that, but the two alternatives are being offered to them which I have read in the answer. If the hon. Member wants further information, perhaps he will communicate with me privately.