§ 53. Mr. MANSFIELD
asked the Minister of Health if he will consider the question of introducing legislation for the purpose of making provision for persons who were insured workers, and who became exempt from insurance for various reasons, to enable them to re-enter insurance and thus qualify for pension and other benefits?
§ Mr. GREENWOOD
Provision is already made in the National Health Insurance Acts whereby persons who cease for any reason to be insurably employed may elect to become voluntary contributors for health and pensions insurance purposes within a certain time after so ceasing to be employed. Moreover, under the Contributory Pensions Act, 1925, persons who had ceased to be insured persons before that Act came into force were given the opportunity of becoming voluntary contributors in order to qualify for pensions and health insurance benefits.