HC Deb 13 February 1930 vol 235 cc632-3W

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that as the direct result of the Economy (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1926, approved societies have received reduced State grants, and have had to bear increased charges for medical benefits, and their surplus funds available for additional benefits have been diminished by a sum of at least £5,000,000 per annum, and that the Navy, Army and Air Force Insurance Fund was depleted of a sum of £1,100,000; and whether he is prepared to introduce legislation for the repeal of the Act in regard to these funds with a view to restoring to them the sums which they have lost or whether any other remedial steps are in contemplation?


Apart from an overstatement in the figures, the facts are as stated in the first part of the question. As regards the Navy, Army and Air Force Insurance Fund. I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 18th July last in reply to the hon. Member for Norwich (Mr. Shakespeare). With regard to the remaining portion of the question I am not in a position to make any statement.