Mr. ALAN SYKES
asked the Secretary to the Treasury whether, in view of the fact that many old friendly societies have omitted to provide in their rules for the payment of their officers, there is any rule in the Model Rules A referring to such societies that were issued as a guide for approved societies making provision for the payment of remuneration to the executive officers of the society in respect of their duties in connection with the administration of the National Insurance Act1257W
§ Mr. MASTERMAN
Model Rules A, which were designed as additions to the existing rules of a society seeking approval as a whole, do not contain provisions as to government and, therefore, do not deal with the payment of executive officers, which would ordinarily be provided for in the main rules of the society. The Commissioners have, however, recognised that in many cases the omission by societies to provide for the payment of officers was due to oversight, and have, therefore, issued a circular (of which I am sending the hon. Member a copy) to the effect that a society will suffer no disadvantage from the omission if it is prepared to adopt the necessary amendment of rules at the next opportunity.