Oral Answers to Questions — National Health Insurance.

– in the House of Commons on 19th February 1942.

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Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

asked the Minister of Health whether he can now make a statement as to the number who are now insured under the National Health Contributory Scheme; what the yearly contributions amount to; what is the weekly amount the employers and workers pay, respectively; and what is the State contribution?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

As the reply involves a number of figures, I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the reply:

The figures for Great Britain for the year 1940 (the latest year for which the information is available) are approximately as follows: Number of persons insured under the National Health Insurance Acts at the end of 1940–22,300,000.Total of National Health Insurance contributions paid during that year—£30,700,000.Weekly amounts of contributions of
  1. (a) employers—£300,000.
  2. (b) workers—£290,000*.
State contribution in 1940—£7,300,000†* This sum includes payments made by insured persons themselves as voluntary contributors.† The State contribution represents one-seventh of the amount actually expended in 1940 on benefits and administration in the case of men, and one-fifth in the case of women.