asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance what increases of contributions are to come into effect on 29th November; and what action has been taken to give full publicity to them.
Presumably the hon. Member is referring to the fact that from 6th December employers' contributions to the Redundancy Fund as provided by the Redundancy Payments Act, will be collected with flat-rate National Insurance contributions. These will be 5d. a week for each man employed over the age of 18, and 2d. for each woman. No contribution will be paid by the employee.The Ministry of Labour has issued one million copies of a booklet giving details about the Redundancy Payments Scheme, and my Department is distributing three million copies of a leaflet and 180,000 posters about the new rates of contributions. Advertisements about the rates are currently appearing in the national and provincial Press.