Orders of the Day — National Insurance [Money]

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th February 1966.

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Photo of Miss Peggy Herbison Miss Peggy Herbison , Lanarkshire North 12:00 am, 7th February 1966

When my hon. Friend the Member for Nelson and Colne (Mr. Sydney Silverman) intervened and said that the Minister was not competent to deal with this, he was making very clear a point which the right hon. Gentleman should have known.

I would direct to his attention—this is why I told him that he ought to know, from my making it clear—that the Resolution covers only the administrative costs which will later come out of the fund. I again told him—this is why I said that from his long knowledge and work in the House he should have known—that almost any Amendment could be put down to the Bill. Another Bill before the House at present does not deal with National Insurance, but Amendments have been tabled to it to use the National Insurance Fund.

I should have thought that the right hon. Gentleman would know how far the scope of Amendments could go. Indeed, if he likes to put down Amendments to bankrupt the National Insurance Fund, he may do so. That is how wide the scope of his Amendments could be. It is then for the Chair to decide, as I said at the beginning, which of the Amendments will be called.