§ 66. Mr. BARNES
asked the Secretary for Scotland if his attention has been drawn to the letter from the Local Government Board to the Kirkintilloch town council, in reference to sanatorium treatment of persons in that town suffering from tuberculosis; does he admit the right of the Scottish Insurance Commissioners to repudiate responsibility for treatment of insured persons who have become a source of danger to those around them; if so, what right have they to accept contributions of such persons without fulfilment of promises made, or, if in terms of Section 16 (3) of the National Insurance Act the Commissioners had decided that the cases of insured persons who were refused treatment were unsuitable cases, will he see that reasons be given for such decision in each case to the local authority concerned?
§ Mr. W. BENN
Under Section 16 of the National Insurance Act, 1911, the duty of considering applications for sanatorium benefit rests not upon the Insurance Commissioners, but upon the insurance, committee in each area. I understand that in the case referred to the insurance committee have already been in communication with the local authority concerned.