§ Mr. HUNT
asked whether the three halfpence per person per week paid by the State for the first sixteen years under the National Insurance Bill will pay the whole or more than the whole expense of the administration of the First Part of the Bill; and, if more than the whole of the expense of the administration, how much will be left of the State contribution to be applied towards sickness, medical, and sanatorium benefit?
Mr. McKINNON WOOD
The State's contribution is two-ninths of the benefits and cost of administration in the case of men and one-fourth in the case of women. The estimated amount of the administrative expenses of societies which are chargeable against contributions is about one-eleventh of the total cost of benefits and administration. Administrative expenses incurred by the Government are to be paid out of moneys provided by Parliament.