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National Health Insurance Expenses

Volume 154: debated on Tuesday 30 May 1922

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Resolution reported,

"That, for the purposes of any Act of the present Session to make further provision with respect to the cost of medical benefit and to the expenses of the administration of benefits under the Acts relating to National Health Insurance, to repeal Section two and to amend Section twenty-nine of the National Health Insurance Act, 1918, and for purposes connected therewith, it is expedient to authorise the amount which, under the said Act, will, on the next valuation of an approved society, become payable, out of moneys provided by Parliament, to the society in respect of the sums paid out of the benefit fund of the society, in pursuance of the said Act, towards the cost of medical benefit and the expenses of the administration of benefits, to be calculated as if those sums were increased by interest thereon from the date of payment at the rate prescribed for the purposes of paragraph (c) of Subsection (l) of Section fifty-six of the National Insurance Act, 1911."

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That this House doth agree with the Committee in the said Resolution."

On a point of Order. Standing Order 235 says that Resolutions cannot be reported on the same day as that on which they have been taken in and passed through Committee. This Resolution passed the Committee stage this morning. It is down on the Order Paper to be taken "this day." I would like to ask whether the interpretation of the Standing Order is that "this day" means "this sitting." If not, is it in order to take the Report stage of this Resolution now?

In the first place, this particular Resolution was brought up in Committee under a Standing Order which would have enabled the Report stage to have been taken at yesterday's sitting. There, is no possible reason under any Standing Order why it should not be taken to-day, even if it had been brought up under another Standing Order.

Question put, and agreed to.