National Insurance [Money]

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th January 1959.

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Resolution reported,

That, for the purposes of any Act of the present Session to alter the contributions payable to the National Insurance Fund under the National Insurance Acts, 1946 to 1957, and the retirement benefits payable under those Acts, and in particular to provide for payment of a graduated retirement benefit in return for contributions related to the amount of a person's remuneration, it is expedient to authorise the making of provision for the following purposes: —

(1) for altering the contributions payable to the National Insurance Fund out of moneys provided by Parliament, so that— (a)as regards Exchequer supplements—(i) subject to (ii) below, the supplements for contributions as an employed person and for employer's contributions shall be of an amount equal to one quarter of the contributions, and the supplements for contributions as a self-employed or non-employed person shall be of an amount equal to one-third of the contributions:Provided that for this purpose there shall be excluded from the contributions as an employed person and from the employer's contributions—(A) contributions related to the amount of a person's remuneration (referred to below as "graduated contributions"); and(B) if the Act provides for graduated contributions not to be payable in respect of remuneration from certain employments (referred to below as "non-participating employments"), the amount, if any, by which the other contributions payable by reason of a person's employment are higher because it is a non-participating employment;(ii) in any financial year ending in or after 1962 there shall be paid for the supplements in respect of contributions paid in that financial year sums amounting to not less than one hundred and seventy million pounds;(b)in addition to the Exchequer supplements there may in respect of the financial years ending in 1961 and 1962 be paid sums not exceeding in the aggregate, with the sums paid in respect of the five preceding financial years under subsection (3) of section two of the National Insurance Act, 1954,the three hundred and twenty-five million pounds authorised to be paid under that subsection in respect of those five years;(2) for the payment out of moneys provided by Parliament of expenses incurred by a Minister of the Crown under any provision of the Act enabling him, in relation to any class of employments covered by a statutory superannuation scheme, to act in place of the employers for the purpose of the provisions relating to non-participating employments(including expenses incurred by the Minister in making any payments required of an employer under those provisions), and for the payment into the Exchequer of any sums recouped to the Minister in respect of payments so made;(3) for the payment out of moneys provided by Parliament of any expenses incurred by the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance or any other government department in carrying the Act into effect, but so that the amount of any such expenses, except in so far as they are estimated to be attributable to the collection of national health service contributions, shall be reimbursed to the Treasury out of the National Insurance Fund or out of the Industrial Injuries Fund.

Resolution agreed to.