Oral Answers to Questions — Prisoners (Insurance Contributions)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1st March 1951.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Sir Harold Sutcliffe Sir Harold Sutcliffe , Heywood and Royton 12:00 am, 1st March 1951

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to ensure that prisoners are informed of the fact that National Insurance contributions which they may make on release as non-employed persons, if they so wish, will preserve their pension rights only and do not count towards sickness or unemployment benefit.

Photo of Mr James Ede Mr James Ede , South Shields

Prisoners are provided with a card which sets out fully and clearly the special arrangements made for prisoners for National Insurance purposes. Entitlement to sickness and unemployment benefit is among the matters dealt with.

Photo of Sir Harold Sutcliffe Sir Harold Sutcliffe , Heywood and Royton

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that a good many men who have recently been released seem to be unaware of this and that they think that by paying contributions they will be completely covered? Could not something be done to bring this information home to them?

Photo of Mr James Ede Mr James Ede , South Shields

I have seen a copy of the card which is handed to every man. It sets out this information with great clarity and in very simple language.

Photo of Mr Stanley Awbery Mr Stanley Awbery , Bristol Central

Is it not a fact that a man who loses sickness and unemployment benefit because, having been in prison, he has not had stamps on his card, is penalised and punished a second time for one offence?

Photo of Mr James Ede Mr James Ede , South Shields

That subject is one which should be taken up with my right hon. Friend the Minister of National Insurance.