§ 84. Mr. BARNES
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that expenses have not been paid to delegates who attended the advisory committee, Eastern Counties area, under the National Insurance Act, Part II., held at King's Lynn, on 6th November last; is he aware that some workmen made a journey of 180 miles to such meeting, and can get no reply to applications for payment, and will he see that prompt payment is made for such meeting, and make provision for prompt payment for future meetings?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the BOARD of TRADE (Mr. J. M. Robertson)
It is the general practice to settle claims of this kind shortly after the date of the meeting. The delay in the particular case referred to by my hon. Friend has been due to the necessity of making inquiries into the details of the claims submitted by certain members of the committee. Any payments found to be due will be made at the earliest possible date.
§ Mr. BARNES
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that these men have written several times and received no reply?
§ Mr. ROBERTSON
I think my hon. Friend is mistaken. They have written and they are aware that the matter is under investigation.