HC Deb 27 August 1914 vol 66 cc147-8
51. Mr. HOARE

asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that sailors and soldiers are required to pay an additional 5 per cent. on their life insurance policies to cover war risks; and whether he will consult the life offices and other experts with a view, either by State assistance or some other means, of removing this burden from the shoulders of men who at great risk to themselves are serving their country?


asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that many Territorial officers and men who have been asked and have expressed their willingness to serve abroad during the present war are the holders of policies of insurance upon their lives, issued by insurance companies, who have in some cases demanded an increased premium of five guineas per cent., and in other cases have threatened to cancel the policies in case the insured goes on active or foreign service; if so, whether the Government are prepared to take any and, if so, what steps to relieve such officers and men from any extra expenditure or loss which they will incur in respect to such policies in the event of their going on active or foreign service?


This question is under consideration, and I hope it may be satisfactorily settled without the intervention of the State.