HC Deb 27 July 1914 vol 65 cc904-5

asked the hon. Member for St.-George's-in-the-East, as representing the Insurance Commissioners, whether it is still the case that under the National Insurance Act no sickness benefit is paid to members who fall sick outside the United Kingdom, in spite of the fact that their weekly contributions are still levied during the whole of their stay abroad?

Mr. WEDGWOOD BENN (Lord of the Treasury)

The hon. Member is under a misapprehension. Sickness benefit is not paid, but neither are contributions cornpulsorily payable in the circumstances stated.


asked whether an insured woman who is now a paying patient at a convalescent home, and otherwise entitled to sick benefit under the National Insurance Act, has the payment of her benefit postponed until she leaves the home, or whether, by Regulations or otherwise, the benefit can be paid to her weekly?


If the member is an inmate of one of the institutions referred to in Section 12 of the Act of 1911, benefit would not, under the provisions of that Section and Section 15 of the Act of 1913, be paid to her until she had left the institution, though it would be payable at once to her dependants if she had any. Whether the above provisions apply in a particular case cannot be stated without full information as to the circumstances.