Temporary Home Employment

Oral Answers to Questions — Pensions and National Insurance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1 November 1965.

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Photo of Mr Robert Elliott Mr Robert Elliott , Newcastle upon Tyne North 12:00, 1 November 1965

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance if she will seek to include within the provisions of the National Insurance Act a person temporarily employed by parents in a private house.

Photo of Mr Norman Pentland Mr Norman Pentland , Chester-le-Street

Such a person is already within the scope of the National Insurance scheme as a non-employed person and should contribute accordingly. In certain cases where the employment is for the purposes of a trade or business, contributions proper to those of an employed person may be payable.

Photo of Mr Robert Elliott Mr Robert Elliott , Newcastle upon Tyne North

While being aware of that, may I ask the hon. Gentleman to give favourable and sympathetic consideration to the occasional case which is very genuine where a person has been employed in her own home—and I have given him details of one case—for very good reasons indeed? Will he not look again at this whole matter possibly with a view to bending the Regulations just a little?

Photo of Mr Norman Pentland Mr Norman Pentland , Chester-le-Street

It is, I am afraid, impossible to bend the Regulations. Indeed, it was as a consequence of the 1958 Amendment Regulation that the constituent whose case the hon. Gentleman mentioned, and for whom he has shown considerable concern, was eliminated from the classification of employed persons.