§ Mr. RHYS DAVIES
asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the unfairness of the present system whereby the compulsorily insured person pays 52 contributions per annum when fully employed and the voluntary contributor only 50, he will so amend the payment of contribution regulations that the voluntary contributor in receipt of full salary for the year is likewise compelled to pay 52 contributions?
§ Sir K. WOOD
I do not see how a voluntary contributor could be compelled to pay contributions, but if I correctly understand the hon. Member to mean that a voluntary contributor should not be entitled to full benefits unless he pays 52 contributions in the year, I am not satisfied that there is sufficient justification for differentiating in this respect between voluntary contributors and employed contributors, in whose case the payment of 50 contributions in a contribution year gives title to full benefits.