HC Deb 10 July 1916 vol 84 c21
22 and 23. Commander BELLAIRS

asked the Minister of Munitions (1) whether the insurance policies of controlled establishments, and any subsequent sub-letting of those policies, are under the full control of experts in the Ministry of Munitions so that no details of their work can pass through hands liable to be willing to convey the secret information to the enemy; and (2) whether, in the interests of secrecy, the strictest regulations are drawn up limiting the insurance companies which may participate in insuring plant of controlled companies; and whether he will consider a pooling arrangement of the insurance companies for this purpose which will enable these secrets to be absolutely safeguarded?


A general notice was issued to the Press on this subject by the Admiralty on 6th December, which expressly stated that the liability of insurance companies to prosecution for communication of information to any firm or person other than a registered British company or a British subject, applied to all work or materials in preparation or in store for any Government Department or Government contractor. The Ministry have not considered it necessary to adopt the particular measures suggested in the two questions.