HC Deb 11 March 1915 vol 70 c1561
25. Mr. JOWETT

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, as representing the Insurance Commissioners, if he is aware that the insurance committee of the West Riding of Yorkshire have declined to continue the provision of extra nourishment required by Sam E. Fieldhouse, a member of the Stuff Pressers Approved Society, on the ground that Poor Law relief is going into the home although such relief does not include the extra nourishment which the patient needs on account of his illness, and for which he has paid his contributions; and whether he proposes to take any action in the matter?

The CHANCELLOR of the DUCHY of LANCASTER (Mr. Montagu)

I find that the case referred to has been fully considered both by a district committee and by the insurance committee concerned. The administration of sanatorium benefit is entrusted by statute to insurance committees, whose duty it is to provide treatment and not to relieve destitution. Further, I may add that in the circumstances in question insured persons are entitled, subject to the usual conditions, to sickness benefit of 10s. a week for twenty-six weeks, and disablement benefit of 5s. a week thereafter during the continuance of incapacity for work, in addition to sanatorium benefit in any form other than treatment in a residential institution.