§ 92. Mr. McKay
asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance if employers' contributions to the National Insurance Fund had been 5 per cent., employees' 3 per cent., and self-employed 8 per cent. for the year 1958, with income as shown on table 2 of Command Paper No. 712 and Exchequer supplement assumed as one-sixth of total contributions, with prevailing interest of £50 million, what would have been the balance if total benefits as stated in Command Paper No. 712, less Health Service and industrial injuries benefits, had been 12W increased by 30 per cent. giving single pensioners £3 5s., and married pensioners £5 4s., other benefits rising in the same proportion.
§ Mr. Ellis Smith
asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance if he will give an estimate of the average annual cost on the present numbers and expenditure if those who receive unemployment and sickness benefits after receiving four weeks' benefit were given an additional payment from the Exchequer which would increase their incomes by 25 per cent., 50 per cent., 75 per cent.. and 100 per cent., respectively.
§ Miss Pitt
It is estimated that the annual cost of increasing unemployment and sickness benefits after the first four weeks in the proportions suggested would be about £30 million, £60 million, £90 million and £120 million respectively. These estimates make no provision for corresponding increases for widow or retirement pensioners who may be sick or unemployed.