HC Deb 19 June 1911 vol 27 cc24-5

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that orphanges, voluntary homes, and similar institutions view with apprehension the provisions of the National Insurance Bill, under which they would be involved in considerable increased expenditure per inmate per annum; and whether, having regard to the fact that such inmates are under no disadvantage whatever in times of sickness, but, on the contrary, are provided in every case of sickness with first-class medical advice and regular attendance, he will propose amendments to the Bill providing that both payments and benefits during the period of residence in homes should be suspended?


There is a manifest objection to excluding unnecessarily persons not otherwise provided for from the National Health Insurance since those excluded may come into insurance later in life and bring with them heavy risks to be borne by the whole body of contributors, nor do I believe that the persons responsible for the management of the institutions referred to would wish that their inmates should take an inferior position when they go back into the world. I have some hope, however, of arriving at a reasonable settlement of the difficulty.