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Voluntary Contributors (Married Women)

Volume 41: debated on Monday 5 August 1912

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asked whether a married woman who is in business on her own account in order to keep the house going, owing to the disablement of her husband, is prohibited from becoming a voluntary contributor; and, if so, whether it is proposed to issue any Regulations permitting a married woman in such circumstances to become a voluntary contributor?

A married woman (not insured under the Act before her marriage) cannot become a voluntary contributor, and the Insurance Commissioners have no power to issue Regulations providing otherwise.