HC Deb 05 August 1912 vol 41 c2664
26. Sir J. D. REES

asked whether a farmers' defence league has been formed in Berkshire and the adjoining counties, which includes many thousands of adherents who are pledged to decline to work the National Insurance Act in its present form; and whether the Government proposes to amend those provisions of the Act under which farmers are taxed without, in their opinion, any adequate return?


I would refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 24th July. Farmers are not "taxed" by the National Insurance Act, but pay contributions to the National Insurance Fund for the sick benefits of their employés.

Sir J. D. REES

May I ask if the Government will consider the feelings and opinions of the farmers on the matter?


I think if the farmers are left alone they will be all right.