HC Deb 19 April 1937 vol 322 cc1439-40W
Sir R. Tasker

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that demands are being made for payment of unemployment insurance contribution under the Unemployment Insurance Agriculture) Act, 1936, and that an additional sum of 4½d. per week is demanded in respect of health and unemployment, although paragraph 12 of the leaflet U.I.L. 47 states that private gardeners, aged 65 years or over, are not insured contributors and cannot therefore qualify for the receipt of benefit; and what justification there is for demanding this additional weekly payment for which no benefit can be received by the insured person?

Mr. E. Brown

The employer's share of the insurance contribution is payable under both Health and Pensions and Unemployment Insurance schemes not only in the case of private gardeners but in the case of everyone over 65 employed in insurable employment. The object of this provision is to treat both those who are under and those who are over 65 on an equality in relation to employment.