Oral Answers to Questions — Friendly Societies' Returns (Fees).

– in the House of Commons on 14th March 1922.

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Photo of Mr John Cairns Mr John Cairns , Morpeth

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if it is the intention of the Government to charge 10s. for registering the annual Return each year for friendly societies and for the quinquennial Report of the committee, for which a charge is made of 10s.; and is he aware that this is the first time a charge has been made and that such a society as the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows would have to pay over £2,000?

Photo of Sir Robert Horne Sir Robert Horne , Glasgow Hillhead

As regards the first part of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply to the Question put by the hon. Member for West Houghton on the 9th instant, and as regards the second part, to the reply to the Question put by the hon. and gallant Member for Hulme on the 13th instant.

Photo of Colonel Josiah Wedgwood Colonel Josiah Wedgwood , Newcastle-under-Lyme

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the very strong feeling which exists in the country against this change?

Photo of Sir John Butcher Sir John Butcher , City of York

Has the right hon. Gentleman considered that in the case of societies like the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows, having numerous branches, this charge will impose a very heavy burden?

Photo of Sir Robert Horne Sir Robert Horne , Glasgow Hillhead

All these matters will be taken into consideration.