§ 15. Mr. Fisher
asked the Minister of Social Security when the last increase in the National Insurance contribution was made without an increase in benefit.
§ Mrs. Hart
This has not happened previously under the present National Insurance scheme, but since enactment of the National Insurance Act, 1959 there has been provision for increasing contributions at five-yearly intervals with no accompanying benefit increases.
§ Mr. Fisher
On a slightly different but related point, does the right hon. Lady agree that it is perhaps rather harsh to cut the first three days' unemployment sickness benefit at a time when increased contributions will be made? Am I right in assuming that she will alter this proposal in Committee on the Bill?