HC Deb 11 November 1933 vol 48 c244W
Mr. Pike

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what are the present arrangements for taking into account pension entitlements obtained prior to the National Insurance Act 1948; and if he will consider changes to benefit all those who paid contributions under the old Health and Pensions Act prior to 5 July 1983 and who, under the existing regulations, are unable to obtain benefit for such contributions.

Dr. Boyson

I assume the hon. Member is referring to 5 July 1948 when the National Insurance Act was introduced. Contributions for old-age pensions under the former Contributory Pension Acts can count for retirement pension purposes only if insurance under those Acts continued up to 5 July 1948 when the National Insurance scheme was introduced. Insurance under those Acts was not necessarily continuous, and when a person ceased to be insurably employed his insurance continued for a prescribed period and then terminated. The application to individuals of the rules under which insurance was allowed to continue for a prescribed period are complex, but if the hon. Member has a particular case in mind I shall be pleased to look into it for him. We have no plans to alter the basis on which contributions paid prior to 5 July 1948 are taken into account.