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Sickness Benefit

Volume 645: debated on Wednesday 2 August 1961

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asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance whether he will amend the regulations to allow the payment of sickness benefits for periods spent abroad, for example with sons and daughters who have emigrated, to patients suffering from incurable diseases.

The regulations already allow the payment of sickness benefit to those who go abroad temporarily for the specific purpose of being treated for an illness which began before they left the country. I am afraid that it would not be practicable to extend this.