Orders of the Day — Finance Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 8:21 pm on 30th April 2002.

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Photo of Rob Marris Rob Marris Labour, Wolverhampton South West 8:21 pm, 30th April 2002

Will the hon. Gentleman cast his mind back to 1948, when we embarked on the creation of the NHS? Admittedly, he may well not have been born then.

The national insurance system, surely, was intended to cover unemployment benefit, the basic state pension and the health service. Is that not provided for in the National Assistance Act 1948, and is it not entirely appropriate for a Chancellor who wishes to increase NHS funds to do so through national insurance?