§ 25. Mr. G. LOCKER-LAMPSON
asked whether there is a deficiency in the insurance drug fund in the Manchester district to the extent of about £16,000; and, if so, whether, in consequence, chemists on the panel have only been paid 50 per cent. of their accounts during the three latter months of 1913, and only about 27 per cent. for December, although it was one of their heaviest months; and what the Government propose to do in the matter?
My right hon. Friend is informed that the total sums already paid, or in course of being paid, by way of advances, amount to approximately 60 per cent. of the total amount of the accounts presented for the year. It is not, however, possible to estimate what further sums will be payable until those accounts have been scrutinised in accordance with the Regulations and the total sums available to the insurance committee for the purpose have been finally ascertained.
§ Mr. G. LOCKER-LAMPSON
Does the hon. Member mean that if the accounts do not balance the chemist will lose the money due to him?
Whatever happens will be in accordance with the provisions of the Act; but there is no evidence at present that the figures given by the hon. Member are correct.
I am suggesting to the hon. Member that he should wait until the accounts have been scrutinised.