§ Viscount Hinchingbrooke
asked the Minister of National Insurance by how much the National Insurance Fund and the National Health Fund, respectively, fall short of their total expected revenues by reason of the fact that numbers of self-employed persons and others are not in fact paying their contributions.
§ Dr. Summerskill
I regret that the information asked for is not available. Day-to-day variations in the number of contributors, through sickness, unemployment and other factors, make it impossible at any particular moment to make an exact comparison between the income due from contributions and actual receipts. I have no reason to believe that any appreciable proportion of persons liable to pay contributions are evading their obligations.