82. Dr. Hill
asked the Minister of National Insurance if steps can be taken to recompense Mrs. Henman of Luton, a widow employed as an out-worker, who, as a result of advice given to her employer by her department's local office, has been paying insurance contributions at the rate of 3s. 10d. a week for the past three years for a benefit that she cannot receive.
Mr. B. Taylor:
The circumstances of this case have been fully explained in correspondence with the hon. Member. The position is that the contributions were legally payable at the time and my right hon. Friend has no power to refund them. In certain circumstances they might have been of value for benefit purposes.