61. Mr. MONTAGUE BARLOW
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has had his attention called to the following four classes of persons affected by the Insurance Act: members who on account of age do not come under the National Insurance Act, members who become insured persons under the Act between the ages of sixty-five and seventy, members of the society at the time of the passing of the Act who on account of disablement are unable to become insured persons under the Act, and other members of the society who were such at the date of the passing of the Act; and whether he will consider making a Grant to assist such cases?
§ Mr. MASTERMAN
A special Grant at the rate of 2s. 6d. a head has been voted by Parliament towards meeting the cost of the provision of medical benefit under the National Insurance Act for all insured persons entitled to that benefit, and a similar amount is also available towards meeting the cost of providing medical attendance and treatment for persons insured under the Act who were between 1171 sixty-five and seventy years of age at the date of their entry into insurance, and who are not entitled to medical benefit, but for whom their societies are providing medical attendance and treatment, either as one of the benefits under Section 49 of the Act, or out of their private funds under arrangements made prior to the passing of the Act. The Grant out of Parliamentary funds towards the cost of benefits is limited to persons who are insured under the Act.