Lieut. Colonel V. HENDERSON
asked the Secretary of State for War whether ex-service men who are members of the Navy, Army, and Air Force Insurance Fund pay the same contributions as members of approved societies; how many of the existing members of the above fund were discharged since the termination of the War; whether membership of the fund is limited to men who served on a regular engagement; and how many of the existing members of the fund are in receipt of disability pensions from the Ministry of Pensions or service Departments, respectively?
The National Health Insurance contributions of ex-service men who are members of the Navy, Army and Air Force Insurance Fund are payable at the same rates as those of members of approved societies. Of the 23,000 present members of the Fund, 498 were discharged from the Forces after the termination of the War. Membership of the Fund is not limited to men who have served with the Forces on a regular engagement. A very considerable proportion of the existing members are known to be in receipt of disability pensions, but precise figures are not available.