HC Deb 22 June 1964 vol 697 cc19-20
1963 Miss Herbison

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance what would have been the additional cost in

Mrs. Thatcher

The cost in the financial year 1963–64 would have been about £5 million.

Miss Herbison

Will the Minister have this type of case examined by the Advisory Committee? I understand that it is some time since the Advisory Committee looked at this matter. In these days, when so many women normally work full-time and feel aggrieved when, being off sick, they have no full National Insurance benefit, surely it is time at least to have another look at the matter?

Mrs. Thatcher

That figure was for sickness benefit only. If we add unemployment benefit to it, it will come to £7 million. I am certain that my right hon. Friend has heard the hon. Lady's representations.