§ Sir J. D. REES
asked the hon. Member for St. George's-in-the-East, as representing the Insurance Commissioners, whether he is aware that Mrs. Lucy Carline Ellis, middlewoman outworker, of 176, Gordon Road, Nottingham, has been fined 1s. and 1705W 8s. in two prosecutions for non-payment of the insurance tax on behalf of two of her employé s, though it was not proved that the latter had not been employed by others for the period in respect of which the summonses were issued, and that Mrs. Ellis was their first employer in the week; whether he will instruct the Insurance Commissioners not to prosecute in such cases, and to reimburse Mrs. Ellis the amount of the fine levied; and why the opportunity of the introduction of the National Insurance Act, 1911 (Part II. Amendment) Bill has not been taken for removing the grievances of the outworkers?
§ Mr. WEDGWOOD BENN
No, Sir. The magistrates were satisfied on the evidence before them that an offence had been committed, and my right hon. Friend sees no reason to take such action as is suggested in the question. As regards the last part of the question. I have nothing to add to the replies given to the hon. Member's previous questions on the same subject.