HC Deb 11 September 1942 vol 383 c546W
Mr. Ness Edwards

asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the great hardship endured by persons who have been on National Health Insurance for a long time, he will consider some special steps for alleviating this hardship?

Mr. E. Brown

Under the provisions of the National Health Insurance, Contributory Pensions and Workmen's Compensation Act, 1941, the statutory rates of sickness and disablement benefit were increased by 3s. a week from 5th January last and there is no margin in the contribution which would enable these improved rates to be still further augmented. I would, however, remind my hon. Friend that a comprehensive survey of the existing national schemes of social insurance and allied services is now being made by the Inter-Departmental Committee presided over by Sir William Beveridge.