With your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, I propose to take Questions Nos. 11 and 12 together.
When Cumann an Arachais Náisiúnta ar Shláinte was set up under the National Health Insurance Act, 1933, the insurance records of existing members of approved societies were taken over to form the basis of the new records. These records, expanded over the years to cover new members, were used in framing the new Social Insurance records under the Social Welfare Act, 1952.
My Department's records of National Health Insurance are complete except, in some respects, for insurances before 1932 and also for periods where stamped insurance cards were not surrendered.
Very few claims to old age (contributory) pension are affected by these deficiencies and no claim is rejected merely because there is no insurance record or the record is deficient. If a claimant to pension contends that he had more insurance than is shown on his record, every effort is made to ascertain the facts and all available evidence including, for example, unemployment insurance records, certificates from employers, statements by fellow workers, is carefully examined.