HC Deb 11 July 1950 vol 477 c1130
29. Mr. J. R. Bevins

asked the Minister of National Insurance, as administrative expenses in connection with the Industrial Injuries Fund for the period 5th July, 1948, to 31st March, 1949, amounted to £2,694,458 against payments of £5,674,921, whether she proposes to make any changes in the administrative arrangements.

Dr. Summerskill

The administrative expenses in the accounts of the Industrial Injuries Fund represented a provisional calculation. The actual figure, excluding preliminary expenses of £450,000, was £1,490,000. The ratio between administrative cost and benefit is bound to be high in the initial stages of a scheme of this kind because expenditure on disablement pensions is cumulative and will not reach full extent for several years.

Mr. Bevins

Will the right hon. Lady say what was the estimated cost of administration when this scheme was first introduced?

Dr. Summerskill

Perhaps the hon. Member will put down a Question.