HC Deb 03 July 1919 vol 117 cc1166-7
80. Mr. JESSON

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will consider the advisability of appointing a representative of the agents and collectors upon the committee of inquiry into the question of industrial life assurance, seeing that these people are so vitally concerned, or, if this is not possible, can he arrange for a representative of the agents and collectors to have the right to cross-examine witnesses and, where necessary, to submit re butting evidence; and if he will arrange for the inquiry to be open to the public?

87. Major W. MURRAY

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, seeing that a representative of the National Amalgamated Union of Life Assurance Workers has not been put upon the committee appointed to inquire into industrial life assurance, he will arrange that a representative of this union may attend the sittings of the Committee who, though not a member of the Committee, shall have full opportunity to examine and cross-examine witnesses and to submit evidence on behalf of the workers?


The Committee to inquire into industrial life assurance has now boon appointed, and I would refer the hon. Member for West Walthamstow to the answer given on the 5th May to the question addressed to the Prime Minister by the Noble Lord the Member for Horsham and Worthing, in which the composition of the Committee was stated. The Committee has decided that the inquiry shall be conducted in public when witnesses are being examined, but no person other than a member of the Committee will be allowed to examine the witnesses. An opportunity will be afforded to the accredited representative of any association of agents and collectors to submit evidence to the Committee.