§ If at any time after the expiration of seven years from the commencement of this Act it appears to the Minister that the unemployment fund is insufficient or more than sufficient to discharge the liabilities imposed upon the fund under this Act, or that the rates of contribution are excessive or deficient as respects any particular employment, or any particular branch of any employment, or if at any time after three years it appears to the Minister that an equalisation of contribution and benefit between men and women is desirable, the Minister may, with the sanction of the Treasury, by special order, made in manner hereinafter provided, revise the rates of contribution of employers and employed persons under this Act and any such order may, if the Minister thinks fit, prescribe different rates of contribution for different employments or branches thereof, and, where any such order is made, the rates prescribed by the order shall, as from such date as may be specified in the order, be substituted, as respects employments or branches thereof to which it relates, for the rates prescribed by this Act:
§ Provided that—
- (a) Where a revision of the rates of contribution has been made under this Section, no further revision shall be made before the expiration of seven years from the last revision; and
- (b) No order under this Section shall increase the rates of contribution by more than one penny from the employer and one penny from the employed person per person per week above the rates specified in the Third Schedule to this Act; and
- (c) No order under this Section shall vary these rates of contribution unequally as between employers and employed persons.
§ Amendments made: Leave out the words "as respects any particular employment or any particular branch of any employment."
§ Leave out the words "and any such order may, if the Minister thinks fit, prescribe different rates of contribution for different employment or branches thereof."—[Mr. J. Bell.]957
§ Leave out the words "as respects employments or branches thereof to which it relates."—[Dr. Macnamara.]