HC Deb 14 August 1913 vol 56 cc2762-3

  1. (1) This Act may be cited as the National Insurance Act, 1913, and the principal Act and this Act may be cited together as the National Insurance Acts, 1911 to 1913.
  2. (2) This Act shall be deemed to be part of Part I. of the principal Act, except that any provisions of this Act which supersede or amend any provisions of Part III. of the principal Act shall be deemed to be part of Part of the principal Act.
  3. (3) This Act shall come into operation on such date or dates as the Insurance Commissioners may by order appoint, and different days may be appointed for different purposes and different provisions of this Act, so, however, that no date later than the thirteenth day of October, nineteen hundred and thirteen, shall be appointed for the coming into operation of the provisions of this Act altering the rates of sickness or disablement benefit in respect of any class of insured persons, nor later than the fifteenth day of January, nineteen hundred and fourteen, in respect of any other purpose or provision.

Lords Amendments:—

In Sub-section (3), after the word "shall" ["Act shall come into operation"], insert the words "save as otherwise expressly provided."

Leave out the word "such" ["on such date"], and insert instead thereof the "the first day of September, nineteen hundred and thirteen, or such later."


I have to point out to the House that this Amendment is a breach of the privileges of the House, because it might possibly bring the Act into operation at a date earlier than that which is provided for in the Clause as it went up to the other House. It seems to me, however, to be somewhat doubtful whether it would be so or not, and I therefore suggest to the House that though in its wording the Amendment might do as I say, that the proper course for the House to pursue is to waive its privileges. Undoubtedly it is the desire of the House that this Act should be brought into force at the period named in the Amendment. If the House waives its privileges, a special entry will be made in the Journals of the House stating the fact.


I beg to move, "That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment."

Lords Amendment: In Sub-section (3), leave out the words "Insurance Comissioners," and insert instead thereof the words "Joint Committee."

Lords Amendment: Insert as a new Subsection:—

"The provisions of the principal Act mentioned in the Third Schedule to this Act are hereby repealed."