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.
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?
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?