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Soldiers And Civil Employment

Volume 52: debated on Thursday 24 April 1913

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79.

asked the Secretary to the Treasury whether soldiers who decline to contribute under the National Insurance Act during the second period of their engagements are in any way penalised thereby on becoming compulsorily insured after returning to civil employment?

A soldier who re-engages for pension is in a similar position to a civilian who is employed but is entitled to claim a certificate of exemption. If a soldier on re-engagement does not elect to have deductions made from his pay he lapses from insurance, and if, on discharge, he subsequently re-enters into insurance he, like a civilian who has similarly lapsed from insurance, will have to undergo fresh waiting periods; but the fact that he has previously been insured will enable him to receive full benefits as explained in the answer given to the hon. and gallant Member on the 14th April.

81.

asked the Secretary to the Treasury whether soldiers, although contributing under the National Insurance Act, are debarred from receiving benefits under the Act on the ground that they receive corresponding benefits under the terms of their enlistment; and whether he can state what those corresponding benefits are?

I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for South Somerset on 27th January last.