HC Deb 12 October 1915 vol 74 cc1193-4

asked the Attorney-General for Ireland if he is aware that the National Standard Life Assurance Corporation, Limited, have not paid numerous policy holders in the Queen's and King's Counties, and other parts of Ireland, although their policies have for a considerable time been matured and that orders for liberty to serve writs outside the jurisdiction of the company have been obtained in the High Courts, Dublin, by holders of matured policies; if he is aware that the company is still collecting large sums weekly from holders of small industrial policies in towns and rural districts in Ireland; whether any complaints have been made to the authorities; and whether the Law Officers purpose taking any action to protect the interests of these small policy holders and prevent the savings of other people being absorbed by the company?


I am unable to say whether the National Standard Life Assurance Corporation, Limited, has failed to pay policies which have matured for a considerable time, though I understand there has been delay in some cases in making payments. The company is registered in England, but does business in King's County and Queen's County and other places in Ireland, and during the present year several orders have been made by the King's Bench Division in Ireland giving leave to issue writs against the company for service out of the jurisdiction. The company is still carrying on its business and making its weekly collections. No complaints have been made to the authorities. Nothing has occurred in reference to which the Law Officers could take any action.