HC Deb 25 February 1914 vol 58 cc1757-8

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the concern felt by the friendly societies regarding the attitude of the Government towards their meetings upon licensed premises, he will give this House an opportunity of discussing the matter?


asked the Secretary to the Treasury whether he has received a resolution of protest from the Hearts of Oak Society against the Regulation of the National Insurance Commissioners to deprive the members of the friendly societies of their right to hold meetings at such places as the majority of their members consider convenient and advantageous; if in these Regulations there is an attempt to dictate to the societies on matters of procedure which ought to be left to their own judgment; whether the Regulation will apply only to the State sections of the approved societies; if so, whether it is proposed to disconnect the work of the two sections; and whether he will state why such Regulation has been made, having regard to the promise repeatedly made in this House and elsewhere by the Chancellor of the Exchequer that no such interference would take place?


My right hon. Friend intends to communicate further with approved societies on this subject, and will consider very carefully such representations as lave been made by the society referred to in the second question. In the meantime, no regulations have been or will be made.


Arising out of the unsatisfactory nature of that reply, and the fact that regulations have already been made for Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, I beg to give notice that I will raise the question on the Adjournment of the House to-night.