HC Deb 14 May 1909 vol 4 c2236W

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in connection with the question of national insurance against sickness and unemployment, he has consulted, or, if not, does he intend to consult, the officials of trade unions that pay friendly society benefits to their members?


I certainly hope that in connection with any scheme of national insurance against sickness and invalidity the Government will have the benefit of the assistance and advice of the trade unions. The hon. Member may rest assured that before the Government finally settle their scheme they will consult the organisations interested in benefit work. As regards insurance against unemployment, I must refer the hon. Member to my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade.