§ Captain TERRELL
asked the Minister of Health whether he will give the rate of sickness among women, as compared with the rate among men, employés in the Civil Service and under the National Health Insurance Act for each year since 1912, respectively.
§ Mr. WHEATLEY
I have no information with regard to the rate of sickness among employés in the Civil Service, but I am consulting my hon. Friend the Financial Secretary to the Treasury as to whether he will communicate to the hon. and gallant Member such information as !nay be available on this part of the question. With regard to the rate of sickness under the National Health Insurance Act there are no data available, as no actuarial investigation of the matter has been carried out. I am advised that, owing to the conditions as to waiting periods, variations in rates of benefit and differences in age distribution as between men and women insured persons, no useful inferences can be drawn from the amount of the recorded expenditure on sickness benefit.