Subsidiary Occupation Rule

Oral Answers to Questions — Pensions and National Insurance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1st August 1966.

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Photo of Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith , North Angus and Mearns 12:00 am, 1st August 1966

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance if she is satisfied with the workings of the subsidiary occupation rule; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Miss Peggy Herbison Miss Peggy Herbison , Lanarkshire North

The working of this rule in individual cases is a matter for the independent adjudicating authorities, but I am re-examining the rule itself in the light of the changes in unemployment benefit introduced by the National Insurance Act, 1966.

Photo of Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith , North Angus and Mearns

Is the right hon. Lady aware that difficulties sometimes arise in cases where people are working part-time on their own account, for example, on crofts or smallholdings, because their income is intermittent or uncertain? Will she bear such difficulties in mind in her review of the rule?