HC Deb 23 July 1929 vol 230 cc1091-2W

asked the Minister of Health whether he proposes to introduce amending legislation to the existing National Health Insurance Act and the Widows', Orphans', and Old Age Contributory Pensions Act to bring within the scope of those Acts persons employed by county sheriffs to carry out the judgments of the Court by acting as casual bailiffs?


Employment of the kind referred to in the question is excluded from compulsory health and pensions insurance as the result of a recent judgment of the High Court, on appeal from a decision of my right hon. Friend's predecessor, and until my right hon. Friend has had time to consider the judgment and its effect upon other classes of employment, he is not in a position to make any statement as to amending legislation. In the meantime, I may point out that the men may be insurable in respect of other employment or entitled to become voluntary contributors by reason of previous insurable employment.