HC Deb 26 March 1914 vol 60 cc558-9W

asked the Secretary to the Treasury how many persons have received benefits under Parts I. and II. respectively of the National Insurance Act up to the latest date for which figures are available who were not members of any friendly or other sickness or unemployment benefit societies prior to the operation of the said Acts; and for what benefits sums were paid and the totals under the two classes?


The total membership of friendly societies, including duplicates, was in December, 1911, approximately 6¾ millions. The number of persons insured under Part I. of the National Insurance Act, 1911, without duplicates is nearly 14 millions.

The amounts issued to approved societies and insurance committees in the United Kingdom up to the 11th January, 1914, are as follows:—

Issues to Approved Societies for Benefits 7,605,000
Administration 3,675,000
Issues to Insurance Committees for Medical benefit 4,502,000
Sanatorium benefit 801,000
Administration … 252,000
Payments to Deposit Contributors in sickness and maternity benefit 18,100

The number of persons insured under Part II. of the National Insurance Act, 1911, is about 2¼ millions, and less than one-fifth of these were formerly insured through voluntary associations.

The total benefit paid under Part II. up to the 13th March, 1914, was about £622,000, and the number of claims on which benefit was paid was about 700,000.