HC Deb 29 February 1912 vol 34 cc1676-7W

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will make inquiries as to whether any of the labour exchange officials in the Metropolis are leaving their duties before the close of official hours in connection with lectures on the Insurance Act, either under the auspices of the National Insurance Commissioners or of the Liberal Insurance Committee?


The Board of Trade have no knowledge of any such practice as is suggested in the question, but if the hon. and gallant Member will assist my right hon. Friend by giving him any information in his possession he will be very glad to make inquiries.


asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if one of the conditions of the appointment of the lecturers on the National Insurance Act is that such lecturers shall, during their appointment, take no part in any political work, or become candidate for Parliament in any constituency?


I beg to refer the hon. Member to the instructions to lecturers which were reprinted in the White Paper circulated on Tuesday last, from which he will see that no lecturer, while working for any of the Commissions is allowed to take part in any public or semi-public meeting without the consent of that Commission.


asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether Mr. George Nicholls, formerly Member of Parliament for North Northants, has been employed by the National Insurance Commissioners as an official lecturer to expound the National Insurance Act; and, if so, at what places; and on what dates has Mr. Nicholls delivered lectures in the course of such employment?


No, Sir, the gentleman named has not been employed by any of the Insurance Commissions.