HC Deb 24 July 1912 vol 41 cc1174-5
30. Sir J. D. REES

asked the Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware of the resistance to the Insurance Tax which has been organised by agriculturists in Berkshire and Hampshire; that agriculturists with incomes under £160 a year will be called upon to pay an Insurance tax equal to 1s. 3d. in the £ on their incomes; and, if so, what steps the Government proposes to take in the matter?


I have no information as to resistance to contributions to the National Health Insurance Fund being organised in the districts mentioned. All evidence available to the Commissioners points to the fact that employers throughout the country are paying the contributions required of them, and the very few complaints received at the Commission are mainly in connection with special cases and difficulties where it appears that the employer is uncertain as to his obligations under the Act. If the hon. Gentleman can give me any definite information of action of employers by which the interest of insured persons is being prejudiced, I will immediately cause inquiries to be made on the subject.