HC Deb 18 February 1915 vol 69 cc1295-6

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether all disabled soldiers and sailors who are State insured are to be paid their benefits under the National Insurance Act from the funds of their respective approved societies; if so, whether he is aware that this will result in a drain upon the funds of some societies and was a contingency that was not contemplated in their schemes of benefits for sickness and disablement: and whether consideration has been given to the advisability of the State assisting these societies, at any rate to some extent?

The CHANCELLOR of the DUCHY of LANCASTER (Mr. Montagu)

In accordance with the recommendation of the Select Committee, the Government are considering the question of giving assistance to societies in respect of the drain upon their resources directly attributable to disablement suffered by soldiers and sailors serving the State in the War.