§ Mr. RHYS DAVIES
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that agents of insurance companies who have contracted to collect regular payments on insurance policies are not allowed to enter naval barracks for this purpose; and will he make arrangements so that those companies may carry out their contractual obligations to men who have joined the Navy after entering into arrangements with those companies?
§ Sir S. HOARE
I regret that I cannot accede to the hon. Member's request. The Regulations do not permit tradesmen 265W to enter His Majesty's ships or Naval Establishments to sell goods or obtain orders, and if this rule were relaxed in favour of insurance companies even for the limited purpose of collecting payments on existing policies, the result would be inconvenient, in view of the number of competing companies. Further, when the men are at sea this business must be transacted with their representatives and similar arrangements can presumably be made when the men are in barracks.