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STATE INSURANCE AND FRIENDLY SOCIETIES. At the annual conference of delegates of the ikoort.,g of Oak Benefit Society, a letter was read &am Mr. Lloyd George regarding his proposals Jfor a national system of insurance against in- "iflidity and sickness. The letter was addressed Mr. J. Duncan, president of the National Con- jfttfdnce of Friendly Societies. My, Lloyd George expressed his sense of obli- gation to the committee of the conference for h readiness with which they placed their ser- at his disposal. "It would have been diffi- cult," he wrote, "for me to i»ake progress with- r.S&t their 'help, and I have greatly appreciated (f frank and open way in which they have met jte* (Vnd discussed these complicated questions. ieWe held, as you of course remember, seve- jrtA nieet.ings during the autumn, and only ad- ^ttrned these when we had reached a point at further progress could not well be made an actuarial investigation into the various on.ggf-gt,ioxi,s made had .been completed. It is -Sfctfi necessary, or perhaps desirable, that I ÅiTtdd now go in detail into these suggestions; %& I think I may say this much at least—that meetings were most fruitful in enabling us 40 appreciate each other's point of view, and to Mscil** freely the position of the friendly jIMieties in regard to a scheme of State insur- and the means by which they might bestbe ijJwottght into co-operation with it. II In my Budget statement I laid down the ■^riRfjjples by which the Government, in my Jmlgment, must be guided in framing any scheme ..4&f ibe kind. Among the most important of I placed my conviction that no scheme be tolerable which would inflict the least ,,A.nage on those great organisations wlbich are .Jte..dy doing such highly beneficent work in I .Ait. country. May; I take this opportunity of .Hpe.tmg that I regard as essential, in whatever tttithe-me we may finally adopt, that we should not most carefully eafeguard the interests of I societies, but that the State should ensure I 'tOvtir active co-operation in the working out of -4ke scheme." I Jtefore reading the letter Mr. Bunn, the -jtlifitee of the Hearts of Oak, said that they had .,4vv4) or three interviews with the Chancellor of ■ £ h# Exchequer, which ?ed him to invite a larger And more representative body of members to ^i*cu«s the scheme. The Chancellor of the Ex- ^Wquer pointed out that as far as he could ascer- there were in this countrv 15.000.000 jfcftrfrera, and not more than 5,000,000 of these ^belonged to permanent benefit societies. Mr. jLloyd George also said that the number of jMspple who did not belong to the societies were ing, and they constituted a danger to the "State.

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