HC Deb 15 February 1937 vol 320 c852W
Colonel Clifton Brown

asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been drawn to the gap that exists after the cessation of sickness benefit at 65 years of age for a person who does not qualify for the contributory old age pension until some time after that age; and whether he will arrange to continue sickness benefit in such cases until the pension is payable?

Sir K. Wood

I am aware of the position to which my hon. and gallant Friend calls attention. On the introduction of the scheme of contributory old age pensions the health insurance contribution was readjusted to cover liability for sickness and disablement benefits up to the age of 65 only, and I have no power to authorise the payment of those benefits in particular cases after attainment of that age.