HC Deb 14 March 1950 vol 472 cc52-3W
96. Sir H. Williams

asked the Minister of National Insurance whether her attention has been drawn to the hardship caused by the refusal of her Department to pay sickness benefit through applications being made after the prescribed time; and what steps she proposes to take to prevent such hardship arising in future.

Dr. Summerskill

Experience shows that some time limits on claims are essential in order to secure proper administrative control, but these time limits can be extended where a claimant can show good cause for delay. I am not aware that the administration of these provisions is causing hardship, but I shall keep a close watch on the position.