§ Resolution reported:
§ " That for the purposes of any Act of the present Session (hereinafter referred to as ' the new Act ') to establish an extended system of national insurance providing pecuniary payments by way of unemployment benefit, sickness benefit, maternity benefit, retirement pension, widows' benefit, guardian's allowance and death grant, and to provide for the making of payments towards the cost of a national health service, it is expedient to give the following authorisations, that is to say:—
§ A. To authorise the payment out of moneys provided by Parliament of contributions towards the cost of benefit payable under the new Act and any other payments to be made out of the National Insurance Fund established thereunder, being contributions not exceeding in the aggregate sums computed in accordance with the following provisions by reference to the following Tables: 490
- (a) for each contribution as an employed, self-employed or non-employed person paid under the new Act by a person of any description set out in the first column of Table I, and for each contribution paid under the new Act by an employer in respect of a person of any such description, there may be paid the sum (hereinafter referred to as the "exchequer supplement ") respectively set out in the said Table in relation to a contribution of that class and a person of, that description;
- (b) in respect of any period mentioned in the first column of Table II, there may be paid the sums respectively set out in the second column of that Table;
|Exchequer Supplement to Contributions.|
|Description of person by or in respect of whom contribution is paid.||Amount of Supplement.|
|For contribution as employed person.||For employer's contribution.||For con-tribution as self-employed person.||For contribution as non-employed person.|
|s. d.||s. d.||s. d.||s. d.|
|Men over the age of 18||…||1 1||1 0||1 0||9|
|Women over the age of 18||…||10||9||10||7|
|Boys under the age of 18||…||7||7||7||5|
|Girls under the age of 18||…||6||5||6||4|
§ B. To authorise the repayment to the National Insurance Fund out of moneys provided by Parliament of such sums as maybe required in accordance with the provisions of the new Act for the payment of unemployment benefit to insured persons for days of unemployment occurring within a period of five years beginning with a day appointed under that Act, being days for which they arc not entitled to such benefit by reason only of having exhausted their right thereto under that Act.
§ C. To authorise the payment out of moneys provided by Parliament of any such increase in sums payable there out as may be occasioned by provisions of the new Act—
- (a) extending, as from the day appointed under the new Act, the Unemployment Assistance Act, 1934, so as to apply to persons over the age of 65 who are entitled to unemployment benefit or only not so entitled by reason of regulations under the new Act or by reason of a disqualification contained in the new Act; or
- (b) amending, as from the day appointed under the new Act, Part II of the Old Age and Widows' Pensions Act, 1940, and Subsections (2) and (4) of Section four of the Pensions and Determination of Needs Act, 1943, in relation to—
- (i) persons who under the new Act axe, or are deemed in accordance with regulations to be, entitled to a retirement pension or to a widowed mother's allowance; and
- (ii) persons who under the new Act are, or are deemed in accordance with
492 regulations to be, entitled to a widow's allowance and who either are over the age of 60 or are entitled under the new Act to an increase of the allowance for a child.
§ D. To authorise the payment out of moneys provided by Parliament of any such increase in the sums payable there out as may be occasioned by any provision of regulations under the new Act made in connection with the modification by such regulations, as respects the period before the day appointed under that Act, of any enactment repealed or amended by that Act (other than the Old Age Pensions Act, 1936) being a modification—
- (a)increasing the rate of any benefit, pension or allowance payable under that enactment;
- (b)making the right to any such benefit, pension or allowance subject to additional or altered conditions;
- (c)modifying the period for which any such benefit, pension or allowance is payable.
§ E. To authorise the payment out of moneys provided by Parliament, in manner provided by the Old Age Pensions Act, 1936, of any such increase in the sums payable there out in manner aforesaid as may be occasioned by regulations made under the new Act increasing, as from such day as may be provided by the new Act, the rate of any pension payable under the said Act of 1936, or modifying, as from that day, the right to any such pension.493
§ F. To authorise the payment out of moneys provided by Parliament of such other sums as may be required for making any payments(not being payments in respect of the cost of benefit under the new Act or other payments required by that Act to be made out of the National Insurance Fund or payments for which express provision is made by the foregoing paragraphs of this Resolution) which are authorised or required by the new Act to be made by the Minister of National Insurance or any other Government Department.
§ G. To authorise the payment into the Exchequer out of the National Insurance Fund of such sums as may be provided by the new Act in respect of the cost of any national health service hereafter established by Parliament."
§ Motion made, and Question proposed, '' That this House doth agree with the Committee in the said Resolution."
§ Mr. R. A. Butler (Saffron Walden)
Has' the Minister of National Insurance any explanation to give on the Report stage of this Resolution?
§ The Minister of National Insurance (Mr. James Griffiths)
I do not think so. We have had a very long discussion already on the Money Resolution, and I think at the end of it the right hon. Gentleman was satisfied with the explanations given by the Chancellor of the Exchequer and by myself. There is nothing further we have to say.