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Consolidating Regulations (Publication)

Volume 531: debated on Monday 26 July 1954

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asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance when the proposed pamphlet consolidating regulations governing contributions and benefits under the National Insurance and Family Allowances Acts will be available.

I have come to the conclusion that it would be advisable to defer publication for the time being.

Has the Minister finally made up his mind? Is he aware that over two years ago he informed me that he would publish such a comprehensive pamphlet, which would be most helpful not only to hon. Members but to the public generally? Is he aware that it is very difficult when one has to go through all the pamphlets to obtain relevant information?

I quite appreciate that a revised edition of the general guide would be useful, but in view of the changes which are now coming along I think that it would be better to postpone publication until those changes are made.

Would the Minister undertake that as soon as the changes take place he will speedily produce a comprehensive code?