§ 49. Mr. H. G. WILLIAMS
asked the Minister of Health the number of persons in Great Britain insured under the National Health Insurance Act, excluding, however, all persons who, though still counted as insured, are no longer in employment or seeking employment; and whether he will state how this total compares to that of ten years ago?
§ Sir K. WOOD
The number of insured persons under the age of 65 was, on the 31st December, 1934, 17,181,000, and on the 31st December, 1928, 16,659,000. Prior to 1928 the liability to pay contributions under the National Health Insurance Acts did not cease until the attainment of age 70, so that figures for any earlier date do not afford a useful basis of comparison. No statistics are available as to the number of insured persons who are no longer in employment or seeking employment.