The general law does not empower a local authority to set up its own accident and workmen's compensation fund. I am advised that 46 authorities have obtained powers by local legislation, since 1900, to set up such funds in connection with their trading or other services, but I do not know to what extent the powers have been actually exercised.
I am afraid I cannot say; I do not know to what extent the powers have been exercised.
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that an excellent system of mutual insurance exists among local authorities?