§ 14. Mr. Ellis Smith
asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware of the extreme urgency of the need to increase the benefits payable under the National Health Insurance, in particular, sickness, maternity and disablement benefits; by what 278 amounts it is intended to increase the benefits; and whether he can make a statement on the matter, in view of the urgency?
§ Mr. E. Brown
I am not yet in a position to add to the reply which I gave to the hon. Member on 13th February, in answer to his previous Question on this subject.
§ Mr. Rhys Davies
Will the right hon. Gentleman give serious consideration to the setting-up of a committee of inquiry into National Health Insurance in general, as it is many years since this was done?
§ 17. Mr. Parker
asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that pensions given to orphans benefiting under the National Health Insurance Orphans Pensions Act cease at 31st July following their sixteenth birthday; that this prevents many good boys and girls continuing their education beyond the school-certificate standard; and whether he can take steps to remove this injustice?
§ Mr. Parker
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that many of the progressive local authorities maintain orphans in their charge until the end of their educational life, and cannot the same advantages be given to orphans living with relatives?