§ Sir B. FALLE
asked the Minister of Health if he will consider an amendment to the National Health Insurance Act, 1924, so that the period of six months, or in particular cases 12 months, for readmission to the Navy, Army, and Air Force Insurance Fund from date of discharge from His Majesty's Forces should not include any period when a would-be applicant suffering from mental ill-health, seeing that in a recent case a man regarded himself as perfectly healthy, mentally and physically, yet before another six months expired he was certified as a lunatic, and his child is not eligible for benefit?
The time within which a man discharged from service in the forces may apply for re-admission to the Navy, Army and Air Force Insurance Fund is governed by Regulations under Section 59 (1) (e) of the National Health Insurance Act, 1924, and legislation would would not he required to make the 1288W change suggested. Although I am not at present satisfied that any hardship arises under the Regulation in its present form, I will carefully consider whether any modification in the direction suggested by my hon. Friend is desirable.