Sickness Benefit (Miss Byrne)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Pensions and National Insurance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd November 1965.

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Photo of Mr Edmund Dell Mr Edmund Dell , Birkenhead 12:00 am, 22nd November 1965

Is my hon. Friend aware that the rate of benefit which Miss Byrne received is lower than the United Kingdom rate? Is my hon. Friend further aware that this lady went abroad to Eire for a few days' holiday to convalesce on the advice of her doctor? Is it not possible to have some scheme under which people who go abroad for a short period for these perfectly good reasons are not deprived of sickness benefits at the United Kingdom rate?