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Volume 25 (1942, 43) / Pages 3121 - 3122
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Volume 25 / Page 3121

Unemployment Insurance (Contributions) (Agriculture) Order, 1942.

Mr. GORDON: I beg to move, "That the Order in Council made by the Government of Northern Ireland on the 6th July, 1942, under Section 65 of the Unemployment Insurance Act (Northern Ireland), 1936, providing that an increase in the rates of agricultural insurance contributions which under Section 2 (2) (b) of the Unemployment Insurance Act (Northern Ireland), 1940, would have come into force as from the 6th July, 1942, shall not become effective, be hereby approved."

I need not detain the House more than a moment or two to explain the necessity for this Order. The Unemployment Insurance Act of 1940 provided that from the 6th July, 1942, the rates of agricultural contributions should be raised by 1/2d each from the employer and the worker. Now the Statutory Committee in Great Britain which reports every year on the state of the Unemployment Fund found that the agricultural account was, and was likely to continue to be, more than reasonably sufficient to meet its liabilities, and it accordingly recommended that these increases in contributions should not be made. I want the same Order brought into operation, and therefore the contributions we decided upon shall not now become operative. I beg to move.

Question put, and agreed to.

Proposed Ministry of Health.

Dr. LYLE: I beg to move the following Motion: "That, in the opinion of this House, a Ministry of Health should be set up in Northern Ireland to take over, co-ordinate and re-organise all services relating to, or ancillary to, health."

Under the Ministry of Health Act of 1919 a very representative Irish Public Health Council was instructed by the then Chief Secretary for Ireland to hold an inquiry and formulate proposals for an Irish Public Health Bill with a view to its submission to Parliament.

.The report of this Council, dated May, 1920, stated that reforms were urgently required in existing medical and health services, and unanimously recommended the formation of a central health

authority with (a) co-ordination of the general central control of all services relating to or ancillary to health. This included public health, poor-law medical service, hospitals, lunacy, registration of births, deaths and marriages, old-age pensions, veterinary medical services, and housing; (b) re-organisation of local health administration with a view to placing it on a county basis, with county health boards and county medical officers of health, thus superseding boards of guardians and district councils. The Council also unanimously reported as follows: In view of the possible changes in the system of Government in Ireland, we think it well to state that, whilst our recommendations and proposals are primarily intended to be applied to all Ireland, we are of opinion that they would be equally suitable and could, without difficulty, be applied to any constituent part of the country.

Ten of the 17 members of this Council, including the four representatives of the Local Government Board and two representatives from Belfast, the late Mrs. McMordie, C.B.E., member of Belfast Corporation and chairman of the Tuberculosis Committee of Belfast Corporation, and Mr. J. Ewing Johnston, M.B.E., M.R.C.V.S., president of the North of Ireland Veterinary Medical Association, voted for a Ministry of Health. The other four members voting with these were Sir John W. Moore, president of the Royal Academy of Medicine, Ireland, and chairman of the Public Health Committee of the General Medical Council, a very distinguished Ulsterman; Dr. Robert J. Rowlette, representative of the Irish Medical Committee and Irish Medical Association; The Rt. Hon. the Countess of Kenmare, chairman of the Advisory Council of the Queen Victoria Jubilee Institute for Nurses, and Mrs. Alice Barry, medical superintendent, Child Welfare Branch of Woman's National Health Association.

Seven members of the Council voted for a Board of Health, of whom five were representatives of either the National Health Insurance Committees or of the Approved Societies. The remaining two were the Registrar-General and an ex-Lord Mayor of Dublin.

The Council also recommended that the Ministry of Health, or the Board of

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