HC Deb 21 September 1948 vol 456 cc75-6W
113. Colonel Clarke

asked the Minister of National Insurance why foreigners temporarily working in this country are liable for contributions to National Insurance for benefits such as old age pension, which there is no possibility of their receiving.

Mr. J. Griffiths

The National Insurance scheme is based on the principle of universality. Provision is made for limited exemption from contributions in certain cases of temporary residence in this country but in any such scheme the possibility that particular categories of persons may not qualify for some of the benefits is not in itself a sufficient reason for exempting them generally. The extension of reciprocal agreements is likely to enable a number of these people to benefit from contributions paid in this country.

Sir W. Smithers

asked the Minister of National Insurance if he will give at the latest available date the amount due in National Insurance contributions and the amount actually received.

Mr. J. Griffiths

I regret that precise figures are not yet available. It would be premature at this stage of the new scheme to attempt to make any estimates.