HC Deb 07 November 1912 vol 43 cc1448-9W

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether there is any age limit in the unemployment part of the National Insurance Act; whether by administrative powers it is possible to omit from contributions an old man of seventy-three years of age who is still working; and what possible benefits can accrue to him from such contributions?


There is no upper limit of age under Part II. of the National Insurance Act, and there are no administrative powers to exempt a workman from contributions under this part of the Act on the ground of age. The workman referred to in my hon. Friend's question would be entitled to unemployment benefit if he lost his employment in the same way as a younger workman.