§ 37. Mr. HURD
asked the Prime Minister if he has received protests from friendly societies against the proposal of the Geddes Committee that 10s. should be charged for registering their annual return and for the quinquennial valuation; whether a society with branches, such as the Manchester Unity Friendly Society, would be mulcted to the extent of £2,000 per annum with an inevitable discouragement of the cause of voluntary thrift; and what course the Government propose to take?
§ 45. Major BREESE
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in the event of the Government deciding to impose fees for registering annual returns and quinquennial valuation reports of friendly societies, consideration will be given to the equity of fixing an inclusive maximum charge, varying and decreasing in amount according to the ascending aggregate number of such returns, in the case of those societies rendering returns in respect of numerous branch lodges?
As regards the question put by the hon. and gallant Member for Carnarvonshire (Major Breese), I would refer to the reply to the question put by the hon. and gallant Member for Hulme (Lieut.-Colonel Nail) on the 13th instant. As regards the question put by the hon. Member for Frome (Mr. Hurd), I would refèr to the reply to the questions put by the hon. Member for West Houghton (Mr. R. Davies) and the hon. Member for Clitheroe (Mr. A. Davies) on the 9th instant.