HC Deb 22 May 1946 vol 423 cc341-3

Resolution reported:

"That for the purposes of any Act of the present Session 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 authorise the payment out of moneys provided by Parliament of contributions towards the cost of benefit payable under the said 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, that is to say:

For each contribution as a self-employed person paid under the said Act by a person over the age of eighteen there may be paid the sum (hereinafter referred to as the "Exchequer supplement ") in the case of a contribution paid by a man, of one shilling and one penny and, in the case of a contribution paid by a woman, of elevenpence:

Provided that, if the Treasury by order under the said Act made with a view to maintaining a stable level of employment, increase the rate of any contribution for which the Exchequer supplement is payable, they shall have power also to increase by the order the rate of the Exchequer supplement for that contribution, but in such manner as not to affect (except so far as appears to them to be expedient for convenience of calculation) the proportion which the rate of the supplement bears to that of the contribution."