HC Deb 10 May 1923 vol 163 c2587W

asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been called to the fact that the Pension Issue Office states that persons whose signatures may be accepted in attestation of pensioners' life certificates include registered friendly society secretaries but not secretaries of trade unions; and will he take the necessary steps to secure an alteration of the Regulation so that trade union secretaries may be included in the list of competent persons?


Since the secretaries of registered friendly societies were admitted to the list of persons entitled to attest pensioners' life certificates, the list has been greatly enlarged, and I am reluctant to extend it further. In any case, to put trade unions in the same position as friendly societies would involve making a distinction—perhaps not altogether acceptable—between registered and unregistered trade unions.