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STANDING JOINT COMMITTEES.

INFANT INSURANCES.

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INFANT INSURANCES. The Report of the Select Committee on Friendly Societies was issued on Saturday. The Committee state that public sympathy and indignation having been aroused by recent cases which have come to light, in which the money insured for on the death of infants appears to have acted as an incentive to neglect and even to murder of children, the Committee directed their inquiries with special care to this branch of the subject. Several witnesses, including two Coroners, expressed a strong belief not only that infant insurance is an incentive to crime, but that a widespread system exists, under which much neglect, cruelty, and crime takes place with impunity. From the nature of the cases it is almost impossible to obtain direct and inculpating evidence of criminality of this character, which is chiefly committed by a single individual in the privacy of home. The Committee believe that sufficient pre- cautions are wanting to prevent larger sums than those authorised by the Act being insured for and paid on a child's death; the Committee add that many statistics have been submitted to them on the subject of infantile insurance; but they are not disposed to base any recommendation upon them one way or the other, owing to the difficulty of drawing therefrom a safe conclusion as to the general value of the system of assurance by companies and societies depending on paid collectors. Among various recommendations as to the future management of industrial insurance companies and societies, to be embodied in an Act of Parliament, the Committee recommend that the Registrar of Friendly Societies' chief office shall be constituted and termed The Central Office," which shall have certain control over the management of the organisations that it shall not hereafter be lawful to assure any child under ten years of age in more than one society or company; that it shall not be lawful for any society to which the proposed Bill shall apply to use the term friendly society nnless prefixed by the word "collecting that no person under 16 years of age shall become a member of a collecting society, and that all the societies shall be registered. With regard to infantile and juvenile insurance, the Committee recommend that the age for the insurance of juveniles be raised from ten to 16.

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LEWIS .MORRIS TO LORD TENNYSON.

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