HC Deb 01 December 1972 vol 847 c274W
Sir B. Rhys Williams

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services on what grounds he has recommended a payment into the National Insurance Fund equivalent to 18 per cent. of basic scheme contributions after certain deductions.

Mr. Dean

A contribution from general taxation has been a feature of social insurance in this country since its inception in 1911. The proposal to continue the Treasury supplement at the equivalent of its present level of 18 per cent, of the contribution income is an earnest of the State's continuing interest, will help to spread the cost fairly throughout the community and will enable the share related directly to employee's earnings to be kept to a reasonable level.

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