HC Deb 08 April 1968 vol 762 c867
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?

Mrs. Hart

I believe that the hon. Member was not present in the House last week when I said something on this subject. I advise him, as I advised those in the House, to await the Committee stage of the Bill.

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