I have been asked to reply. As soon as the consideration of the recommendations of the recent Royal Commission on National Health Insurance has been completed, it is hoped to introduce the necessary legislation, and the question of the compulsory insurance of share fishermen both in England and Scotland, in so far as they are not already included in the scheme, would be dealt with in such legislation.
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Parliamentary Secretary made a definite statement at a meeting in Norfolk on Saturday that shore fishermen—I do not know what he meant by that—would be included in such a scheme? Can he say why that statement was made in such definite terms?
Will it be the case that if share fishermen are included, they will have to pay both the employers' and employés' contributions, and will he make sure that these fishermen want the insurance before he introduces it?
May I ask for a definite answer to my question? Has there been a decision taken? If not, why was such a decision announced in terms at a public meeting in the constituencies on Saturday?