Industrial Assurance (Cohen Report).

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 6th December 1938.

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Photo of Mr William Cluse Mr William Cluse , Islington South

asked the Secretary to the Treasury whether the Government propose to implement the proposals contained in the Cohen Report on industrial assurance?

Photo of Captain Euan Wallace Captain Euan Wallace , Hornsey

I am afraid that there is no possibility of legislation on this subject in the present Session of Parliament.

Photo of Mr William Cluse Mr William Cluse , Islington South

Is the right hon. and gallant Gentleman aware of the advantages that would accrue if industrial life assurance were attached to the health and pensions Acts?

Photo of Captain Euan Wallace Captain Euan Wallace , Hornsey

The report has not by any means been overlooked, but it raises very difficult issues. Legislation on the subject would be very complex, and in some respects very controversial. In the circumstances, I am afraid that I cannot give any undertaking.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson , Hitchin

Is the Minister aware that there are certain abuses which the committee said required urgent treatment?

Photo of Mr Frederick Montague Mr Frederick Montague , Islington West

Is he also aware that the Department has had this report for three years, and does he propose to do anything at all in the matter?

Photo of Captain Euan Wallace Captain Euan Wallace , Hornsey

I do not think that I can add to the very clear answer which I have given.