Sir HOWELL DAVIES
asked the Comptroller of the Household, as representing the National Health Insurance Commissioners, 1881W if, in virtue of the commission allowed by his Department to approved societies for working the National Health Insurance, he has any reserve power to insist that the agents so employed by these societies receive some consideration to meet the higher cost of living arising out of the war conditions now prevailing?
§ Mr. PRATT
I have been asked to reply to this question. From his reference to "agents" it is presumed that the hon. Member's question refers not to approved societies generally, but to those which are administering national health insurance as separate sections established by certain industrial assurance companies for the purpose under Section 23 of the Act of 1911. In these cases the remuneration of the individuals referred to rests with the company; my hon. Friend's Department has not the power suggested in the question.