§ Mr. W. WATSON
asked the President of the Board of Trade if his attention has been called to the methods of the United National Friendly Assurance Collecting Society, registered No. 8,595, Lancashire; if he is aware that three sisters named Suttie, of Lochgelly, Fife, had paid premiums regularly since March, 1915; that in October last, within five months of the policies maturing, the collector disappeared; that although three letters, dated 7th and 14th October and 11th November, were sent to the society no answer was received by the Sutties; that no notice of forfeiture was received; and that the society refuses to reinstate the policies; and will he consult with the chief registrar of friendly societies as to what action should be taken to deal with practices such as these?
§ Major BOYD-CARPENTER
I have been asked to reply. The chief registrar of friendly societies has had reason to complain of the methods of this society for a long time past and has been informed of the ease to which the hon. Member refers. He is unable to deal with the society under the law as it at present stands, but it is hoped that the Industrial Assurance Bill, which is now before the House will, when passed, provide him with the necessary powers.