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Orders of the Day — National Assistance Regulations (16 Jun 1948)

Mr Thomas Steele: I beg to move, That the Draft National Assistance (Determination of Need) Regulations, 1948, dated 28th May 1948, a copy of which was presented on 31st May, be approved. It is not long since the House parted with the National Assistance Bill, which received the Royal Assent on 13th May. Part II of that Measure provides for a unified State service of financial assistance according to need and...

Orders of the Day — National Assistance Regulations (16 Jun 1948)

Mr Thomas Steele: I thought that the hon. Member for The High Peak (Mr. Molson), might raise the point, and the Minister of National Insurance will deal with the principle, but the fact is that I started off by hoping that I might not be asked to say too much. It is getting late and hon. Members are, of course, anxious to get home but—[HON. MEMBERS: "No."]—I appreciate the point very much indeed. My right...

Orders of the Day — National Assistance Regulations (16 Jun 1948)

Mr Thomas Steele: Obviously, before the Board started on this matter they did succeed in getting all the information from the various local authorities; and the information I have is that out of 200 local authorities I examined, the new rates are better than the rates of 184 local authorities.

Orders of the Day — National Assistance Regulations (16 Jun 1948)

Mr Thomas Steele: So far as the others are concerned, in some cases for single persons they are better, for married couples not just as good; but so far as the actual amount is concerned there is not much difference. However, we have power—and that power will be used—to see, so far as the present recipients of assistance are concerned, that they will continue on the present amounts. I should say, that...

Orders of the Day — National Assistance Regulations (16 Jun 1948)

Mr Thomas Steele: I can give my hon. Friend that assurance now.

Orders of the Day — National Assistance Regulations (16 Jun 1948)

Mr Thomas Steele: The hon. Lady mentioned me particularly in view of the fact that I come from one of the Lanark Divisions. It ought to go on record that while she described the present rates of the Coat-bridge local authority as being 10s. per week more than the proposed scales, one important feature which she forgot is that the Board's scales as proposed are exclusive of rent whereas the Coatbridge scales...

Orders of the Day — National Insurance Regulations (22 Jun 1948)

Mr Thomas Steele: I beg to move, That the Draft National Insurance (Mariners) Regulations, 1948, a copy of which was presented on 9th June, be approved. These Mariners Regulations were drafted after discussion with the National Maritime Board, were then submitted to the National Insurance Advisory Committee, and have been more or less agreed.

Orders of the Day — National Insurance Regulations (22 Jun 1948)

Mr Thomas Steele: I beg to move, That the Draft National Insurance (Airmen) Regulations, 1948, a copy of which was presented on 9th June, he approved.

Orders of the Day — National Insurance Regulations (22 Jun 1948)

Mr Thomas Steele: This has been agreed with the Joint Air Council, and no objection has been raised to it. Therefore, we submit the Regulation as the Advisory Committee have agreed to it.

Orders of the Day — National Insurance Regulations (22 Jun 1948)

Mr Thomas Steele: The point has been raised regarding a man who is over 65 and whose wife is younger. This is something to which we have given considerable attention. Questions have been raised in the House about it, and it was fully discussed during the passage of the Bill. The actuarial basis of the scheme provides for men coming in at 16 and paying up to 65, while for women the ages are 16 to 60. Married...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Insurance: Overlapping Benefits (Regulations) (29 Jun 1948)

Mr Thomas Steele: These regulations were made in provisional form on 10th June and were laid before the House on 15th June. The provisional regulations are identical in terms with a draft of permanent regulations which is now being examined by the National Insurance Advisory Committee in accordance with the provisions of the National Insurance Act.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Insurance: Overlapping Benefits (Regulations) (29 Jun 1948)

Mr Thomas Steele: In the time remaining before the appointed day, the Committee could not complete an examination of all the regulations, so we used this power to bring in provisional regulations because we had to have something ready for 5th July. The Committee is, at the moment, examining the permanent regulations, and they will be laid, with the Committee's report, before the House.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Insurance: Overlapping Benefits (Regulations) (29 Jun 1948)

Mr Thomas Steele: The regulations which are made at the moment are effective as from 5th July, and they will remain effective, and can remain effective, up to three months after the National Insurance Advisory Committee has reported. As the hon. Gentleman will be aware, the Committee is examining these permanent regulations at the moment, and we are anxious to put them before the House as soon as possible.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Insurance: Housekeepers (29 Jun 1948)

Mr Thomas Steele: The hon. Member is under a misapprehension. The contribution payable under the Industrial Injuries Act in respect of a woman over 18 is 6d. a week. The figure of £9 2s. quoted by the hon. Member is presumably obtained by adding the sum of 3s. weekly which is payable as the employer's contribution under the National Insurance Act, and has no connection with industrial injuries.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Insurance: Staff and Buildings (29 Jun 1948)

Mr Thomas Steele: The estimated number of staff required to commence operations on 5th July, 1948, is 32,380. On 1st June, 1948, the number of staff was 28,852. The balance of about 3,500 will be in post by 5th July, 1948. As regards buildings, the central office at Newcastle is complete; and head offices have also been opened in each region in England and in Edinburgh and Cardiff. About 1,000 local offices...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Insurance: Staff and Buildings (29 Jun 1948)

Mr Thomas Steele: I am happy in this respect that the hon. Gentleman is increasing his score of errors.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Insurance: Widows (29 Jun 1948)

Mr Thomas Steele: In reply to the first part of the Question, I regret that information is not available in the form asked for by my hon. Friend. In reply to the second part, there are various schemes outside National Insurance; for example, the war pensions scheme and occupational pensions schemes such as that for the police, which make provision for widows. It would, of course, be open to any widow to apply...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Insurance: Widows (29 Jun 1948)

Mr Thomas Steele: Of course, the position under the National Insurance Scheme, so far as widows are concerned, is set out in the special leaflet dealing with them, but we are hoping that, with the abolition of the old Poor Law, there will be a new approach to this question.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Insurance: Vagrants, Devon (13 Jul 1948)

Mr Thomas Steele: The National Assistance Board, who are now responsible for the relief of casuals, have made arrangements with the local authorities concerned for reception centres to be maintained at Barnstaple, Exeter and Plymouth. With the help of authorities and of the Ministry of Labour and National Service, the Board intend to continue the good work which has already been done by joint vagrancy...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Insurance: Vagrants, Devon (13 Jul 1948)

Mr Thomas Steele: The Board are very conscious of that, and that is their desire. In fact, since the new reception centre was opened at Plymouth on 7th June, out of the 59 men admitted, 24 have already been placed in work.


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