HC Deb 18 June 1940 vol 362 cc39-40W
Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the Minister of Health whether he will consider the changes that have occurred since the National Health Insurance benefits were fixed at their present rates of payment and take early steps to increase the benefits payable?

Miss Horsbrugh

I am afraid that I cannot at present add anything to the answers gven on 15th and 29th Febru- ary to the hon. Members for Down (Dr. Little) and Clackmannan (Mr. Woodburn). I would point out that the present rates of sickness and disablement benefits for men were fixed in 1920 when the Ministry of Labour cost of living index figure was considerably higher than it is at the present time.