30. Mr. W. M. F. Vane
asked the Minister of National Insurance whether he will consider giving insured persons the choice between contributing to the National Insurance schemes in one life payment as an alternative to the normal weekly contributions.
Would my hon. Friend look into this matter again not only in order to save a good deal of administrative work, but also to give a number of men and women who were under 65 and 60 when the scheme came into force a chance of obtaining the security which they have not at present got, but could get through the payment of a lump sum?
§ Mr. Turton
My hon. Friend must remember that men and women pass through different insurance classifications in the course of their lives. Sometimes they are employed, sometimes they are self-employed and sometimes they are non-employed. Therefore, a single payment to cover all these classifications, we think, would be an impracticable proposition.