HC Deb 02 November 1911 vol 30 cc1135-6W

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, according to the provisions of the National Insurance Bill as it stands at present, the disablement benefit is payable only to those who are for the time being completely disabled and unable to earn any wages; whether he proposes to put down any Amendments in regard to this matter on the Report stage of the Bill; and, if so, whether he will at an early date circulate amongst Members for their information a draft of any such proposed Amendments.


If the hon and learned Member has read the Debate in Committee on Clause 8 (1) (c) of the Bill, to which I referred him in my answer last Monday he will have found that my right hon. Friend promised to substitute for the definition of disablement as it stands that proposed by the hon. Member for the Ross Division of Herefordshire, namely, "totally unfit to follow any remunerative occupation." But he does not think it necessary at the present stage to pledge the Government to adopting the ipsissima verba of this formula.