HC Deb 26 July 1915 vol 73 cc1960-1
89. Mr. W. THORNE

asked the Under-Secretary for War whether he is aware that some of the agents employed by the Royal London Insurance Society who are of military age desire to enlist and hand over their books to their wives, so that the latter may carry on the business in their absence; whether he is aware that the society are objecting to the course suggested; and if he intends taking any action in the matter?


It is presumed the hon. Member is referring to the Royal London Mutual Insurance Society, Limited. This and other insurance companies have recently been approached on the desirability of employers utilising to the fullest extent men outside the recruitable age, and where practicable women and boys, to replace men available and desirous of joining His Majesty's Forces. Since this answer was prepared I have received a letter from, the Royal London Mutual Insurance Society, who inform me that there is no truth in the statement that they have put any obstructions in the way of their men. They add: "Some 500 of our staff have already joined His Majesty's Forces."