HC Deb 24 October 1918 vol 110 cc967-8W

asked the President of the Local Government Board whether he is aware that cases have arisen where women, insured under the National Insurance Act, have taken advantage of the workhouse for their confinement and subsequently drawn the maternity benefit; and will he consider the advisability of making some provision so that, in cases of this kind, guardians may be in a position to apply and receive some portion of this benefit?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. In view of the provisions of Section 111 of the National Insurance Act, 1911, and Section 20 of the National Insurance Act, 1918, I could not take the action suggested in the latter part of the question.