HC Deb 22 February 1912 vol 34 c866W

asked whether the English Commission has made it a condition of supplying the services of an official lecturer to explain the National Insurance Act that the meeting shall not be open to the Press; and whether he will permit the Press to be present at all future meetings if the organisers of the meeting do not object?


As I explained yesterday, the confining of lecturers and conferences in England to members of the organisations who convened them was at the request of representatives of friendly societies and trade unions. No objection will be raised if at any particular conference those organisations ask for the presence of the Press.


asked if the official lecturers appointed by the Insurance Commissioners to explain the Nationial Insurance Act will hold meetings of the Post Office deposit contributors to explain to them the provisions of the Act and the advantage they will enjoy under it?


No, Sir. No Post Office deposit contributors exist until after the passing of the Act, and one of the main objects of any information given is to induce as large a proportion as possible of those who will be insured persons to join or form apprpved societies.