§ Mr. SANDERS
asked the Secretary to the Treasury whether a numerical limit has been fixed below which small friendly societies will not be recognised as approved societies; if so, what that limit is; and whether such limit will apply to societies included in a county association?
§ Mr. MASTERMAN
No general minimum of membership has been laid down. The Commissioners, before granting approval to a society, satisfy themselves that it has a reasonable prospect of conducting the work of the Act satisfactorily. But what is the lowest number compatible with this condition depends partly upon the circumstances of each society; and, in particular, special consideration is given in cases where societies can rely upon the assistance of some central body, such as a county association.