§ 56. Mr. LANE-FOX
asked whether, in view of the dissatisfaction shown in agricultural districts at the provisions of the National Insurance Act, by which less well-paid men in more healthy occupations are paying the same rate of contribution as better-paid men employed in less healthy trades, the Government are about to introduce an Amendment of the Act in the direction of the abolition of the flat rate of contribution?
§ The FINANCIAL SECRETARY to the TREASURY (Mr. Masterman)
No, Sir. If as implied in the question persons in agricultural districts enjoy superior health to those in other parts of the country, agricultural societies should, on valuation, show a substantial surplus, which will be available, either for increasing the benefits, or for paying a part of the contributions, of their members.
§ Mr. LANE-FOX
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that suggestions are being made by Liberal candidates in the country to the effect that the Government are considering this matter?
§ Mr. MASTERMAN
It has not been brought to my notice before that suggestions are being made as to such a change.