Wage-Related Unemployment Benefit

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th April 1964.

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Photo of Mr George Lawson Mr George Lawson , Motherwell 12:00 am, 27th April 1964

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance if he has yet reached a decision on wage-related unemployment benefit; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Hon. Richard Wood Hon. Richard Wood , Bridlington

I have nothing to add to the reply I gave on 24th February to a similar question from the hon. Member for Fife, West (Mr. W. Hamilton).

Photo of Mr George Lawson Mr George Lawson , Motherwell

Will the Minister bear in mind that this is now established practice in most of the advanced industrial countries? Will he also bear in mind that the Labour Party for a long time have advocated this? Will he further bear in mind that National Insurance contribution on a worker's earnings now is markedly higher proportionately to the benefit he gets?

Photo of Hon. Richard Wood Hon. Richard Wood , Bridlington

I think the hon. Member has demonstrated that there are some very important questions to examine, and that is why this is taking some time.