§ 80. Lieutenant - Colonel WALTER GUINNESS
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether industrial insurance policies are excluded from protectection under the Courts (Emergency Powers) Act of 1914, in those cases where any arrears of premiums existed on 4th August, 1914?
§ Mr. BRIDGEMAN
The Courts (Emergency Powers) Act, 1914, applies to life or endowment policies for an amount not exceeding £25, or payments equivalent thereto, the premiums in respect of which are payable at not longer than monthly intervals and have been paid for at least two years preceding the 4th August, 1914. The question raised by my hon. Friend appears to involve an interpretation of the Act which can only be decided by the Courts.
§ 91. Mr. CAIRNS
asked the Home Secretary, with reference to the Government inquiry into industrial insurance, whether he will widen the terms of reference to include the terms and conditions of service of all grades of the outdoor staffs of life offices and to secure a direct representative of the agents and collectors on the Committee of Inquiry?
§ Mr. BRIDGEMAN
My right hon. Friend has asked me to reply to this question. The terms of reference to the Committee to be appointed to inquire into the question of industrial assurance have not yet been finally settled. The suggestion of the hon. Member that the inquiry should include the terms and conditions of service of all grades of the outdoor staffs of industrial life offices shall receive consideration. As regards the concluding part of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to the answer which I gave on the 12th March to a question asked by the hon. Member for Wednesbury.