HC Deb 06 December 1938 vol 342 cc996-7
50. Mr. Cluse

asked the Secretary to the Treasury whether the Government propose to implement the proposals contained in the Cohen Report on industrial assurance?

Captain Wallace

I am afraid that there is no possibility of legislation on this subject in the present Session of Parliament.

Mr. Cluse

Is the right hon. and gallant Gentleman aware of the advantages that would accrue if industrial life assurance were attached to the health and pensions Acts?

Captain Wallace

The report has not by any means been overlooked, but it raises very difficult issues. Legislation on the subject would be very complex, and in some respects very controversial. In the circumstances, I am afraid that I cannot give any undertaking.

Sir Arnold Wilson

Is the Minister aware that there are certain abuses which the committee said required urgent treatment?

Mr. Montague

Is he also aware that the Department has had this report for three years, and does he propose to do anything at all in the matter?

Captain Wallace

I do not think that I can add to the very clear answer which I have given.