HC Deb 08 December 1953 vol 521 cc199-200W
62. Mr. G. Thomas

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he proposes to restore the full Government contribution to the National Insurance Scheme; and what increase he estimates will then be made in the basic rate of retirement pension.

Mr. R. A. Butler

The full amount of Exchequer contribution, calculated in accordance with Section 2 (3) of the National Insurance Act, 1946 (as amended by Section 1 of the National Insurance Act, 1951, and by Section 4 of the Family

1. Where proposals have been made
Crematorium Old Rateable Value Proposed Rateable Value
£ £
Mortlake Crematorium Board, Barnes 15 2,500
Headingley cum Burley Burial Board, Leeds *200 *6,000
Oxford Crematorium Ltd., Bullingdon 900 2,000
Newcastle Corporation *175 *6,000
Great Southern Cemetery and Crematorium Co,Ltd.,Mitchan *3,000 *4,800
Kent County Crematorium Co., Charing 1,000 2,000
Southend Corporation Nil 400
Camberwell Corporation, Honor Oak Nil Under consideration
Croydon Corporation *122 *2,500
Reading Corporation *138 *200
Darlington Cremation Society, Ltd 12 500
Wandsworth Corporation *50 *2,750
Cheltenham Corporation Nil 1,000
Bradford Corporation *106 *3,200
Tottenham and Wood Green. Buria1 Board, Enfield 66 4,500
Plymouth Corporation *90 *2,000
City of LondonBurial Board, East Ham *332 *3,300
Sheffield Corporation *100 *1,450
Ipswich Corporation Nil 750
Brighton Corporation *33 *650
Islington Corporation, Finchley *88 *225
St. Marylebone Corporation, Finchley *64 *1,600
Leicester Corporation *116 *1,116
Birkenhead Corporation Nil *700
Pontypridd Burial Board and Cremation Authority Nil 2,000
Liverpool Corporation 23 1,750
Harrogate Corporation *23 *525
Birmingham Corporation (Yardley Road) Nil 163
Skipton Corporation *47 *167
Kingston Corporation, Malden and Coombe Nil 315
Kingston-upon-Hull Corporation 129 *1,575
Middleton Corporation Nil 180
Gloucester Corporation Nil 135
* Figures include a cemetery. †Assessment agreed by ratepayer.

Allowances and National Insurance Act, 1952) is now being paid to the National Insurance Fund. Substantially greater Exchequer payments will soon be required to meet the rising cost of retirement pensions. The question of an increase in the basic rate of retirement pension does not therefore arise in this connection and, in any event, this is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance.