§ (1) Maternity benefit shall in every case be the mother's benefit, and paragraph (e) of Sub-section (1) of Section 8 of the principal Act shall be altered accordingly by the insertion of the words "to the mother of the child" after the first word "payment" in that paragraph; and in Sub-section (1) of Section 18 of the principal Act for the words "treated as a benefit for her husband, and shall be administered in cash or otherwise by the approved society of which he is a member" there shall be substituted the words "administered in the interests of the mother and child in cash or otherwise by the approved society of which the husband is a member."
§ (2) At the end of Sub-section (1) of Section 18 of the principal Act the following words shall be inserted:—
Where a woman who is an employed contributor is the wife of an insured person, then—
§ (3) Where a woman confined of a child is herself an insured person and is a married woman or, if the child is a posthumous child, a widow, she shall, in lieu of any sickness or disablement benefit to which she may be entitled under Sub-section (6) of Section 8 of the principal Act, be entitled to receive a maternity benefit from the society of which she is a member or the insurance committee, as the case may be, in addition to any maternity benefit to which she may be otherwise entitled in respect of her husband's or her own insurance, and every approved society and insurance committee shall make rules to the satisfaction of the Insurance Commissioners requiring any woman in respect of whom any such sum is payable in respect of her own insurance to abstain from remunerative work during a period of four weeks after her confinement.
§ (4) So much of Sub-section (1) of Section 18 of the principal Act as provides that if a duly-qualified medical practitioner is summoned in pursuance of the rules made under the Midwives Act, 1902, the prescribed fee shall, subject to regulations made by the Insurance Commissioners, be recoverable as part of the maternity benefit shall cease to have effect."
§ Mr. GEORGE ROBERTS
I beg to move, in Sub-section (1), to leave out the words "shall in every case be the mother's benefit," and paragraph (e) of Sub-section (1) of Section 8 of the principal Act 1440 shall be altered accordingly by the insertion of the words "to the mother of the child" after the first word "payment" in that paragraph, and to insert instead thereof the words "but where the benefit is payable in respect of the husband's insurance, the wife's receipt or his receipt on her behalf shall be a sufficient discharge to the society or committee, and, where the benefit is paid to the husband, he shall pay it to the wife or apply it for the maintenance and care of the wife and child."
§ Resolved, "That the Debate be now adjourned."—[Mr. Masterman.]
§ Debate to be resumed to-morrow (Wednesday).