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National Health Insurance

Volume 244: debated on Tuesday 11 November 1930

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he can furnish an estimate of the number of persons in Scotland insured under the National Health Insurance Act on or about 31st October, 1930; and estimates of the number of persons in Scotland under 16 or over 70, respectively, who would be so insured but for their age?

It is estimated that as at the 1st October, 1930, there were approximately 1,890,000 insured persons in Scotland. As regards the latter part of the question, it is not possible to estimate how many persons under 16 years of age are engaged in employments of an insurable kind. On 1st July, 1930, there were approximately 40,000 persons in Scotland over the age of 65 who were engaged in insurable occupations and in respect of whom contributions were being paid by employers. It is not possible, however, to say how many of these persons were over 70 years of age.

1929–30 (figures subject to adjustment on audit).1930–31 (estimates).
Rates.Taxes.*Rates and grants; under Part III of the Local Government (Scotland) Act, 1929.†Taxes.†
I. Public Education in Scotland (excluding Agricultural Colleges and Universities).5,696,4457,003,5226,082,7907,235,500
II. Agricultural Education12,19689,78613,090107,017
The amounts under Head I cover the services administered by education authorities and the expenses of central institutions, training and superannuation of teachers, voluntary schools, reformatory and industrial schools and central administration. The amounts under Head II include expenditure on agricultural colleges, Royal Dick Veterinary College and scholarships for agricultural organisers and workers.
* Including Agricultural (Rates) Grant.
† Grants under Part III of the Local Government (Scotland) Act, 1929, fall to be applied in relief of all expenditure chargeable to the Consolidated Rate and are not apportioned to the expenses of particular services.