§ 123. Sir F. Medlicott
asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance if his attention has been drawn to the burden which will fall on agricultural workers as a result of the increased National Insurance contribution, bearing in mind the amount of their average weekly wage; and if he will make such provision as will ensure that the contributions payable by any employed person shall not exceed a stated percentage of the weekly wage.
§ Miss Pitt
The increased National Insurance and National Health Service contribution represents a rather smaller proportion of average earnings of men agricultural workers than the 1946 Act contribution did of such earnings in 159W 1946. As regards the second part of the Question, I have nothing to add to what my right hon. Friend said on the Second Reading of the National Insurance (No. 2) Act, 1957. I would in particular invite the hon. Member's attention to the references which my right hon. Friend made to the value of the benefits to which these contributions entitle the contributor.