§ Mr. LYNCH
asked the Chief Secretary whether any cases have been brought to his notice where joint stock banks or their agents in Ireland, acting as treasurers to public bodies, have canvassed for insurance business from boards of guardians and district councils; whether it is usual for such agents to be paid commission for obtaining such business; and, if so, whether steps will be taken to put an end to it?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
A case has been brought to my notice in which the local manager of a bank, which is the treasurer of the board of guardians, acts as agent for the insurance company with which the insurance business of the guardians has been placed for the last thirty years. Agents for insurance companies generally receive commission, but there is no evidence in 1313W connection with the circumstances of this case pointing to any illegality.