State Pensions.

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons on 1st April 1935.

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Photo of Mr Aneurin Bevan Mr Aneurin Bevan , Ebbw Vale

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asked the Home Secretary the number of persons who are in receipt of State pensions above £2 per week and who have acquired wage-earning occupations since their retirement?

Photo of Mr Duff Cooper Mr Duff Cooper , Westminster St George's

The information desired by the hon. Member is not available.

Photo of Mr Aneurin Bevan Mr Aneurin Bevan , Ebbw Vale

Ought not such information to be collected immediately? Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there is great indignation in many part of the country against persons with adequate State pensions having jobs in addition; and will he take steps to obtain the information?

Photo of Mr Duff Cooper Mr Duff Cooper , Westminster St George's

I do not think that the labour which would be involved in obtaining this information, all of which could never be obtained, would be worth while.

Photo of Mr Aneurin Bevan Mr Aneurin Bevan , Ebbw Vale

Would not it be possible for all persons in receipt of State pensions to answer whether in fact they were in receipt of incomes from other jobs?

Photo of Mr Duff Cooper Mr Duff Cooper , Westminster St George's

We would have to circularise all persons in receipt of naval, military or civil pensions, and it would entirely be for them to decide whether they wished to make any return of any income that they were receiving. I do not think that the State could do anything to prevent such persons from enjoying the pensions to which they were entitled.

Photo of Mr Aneurin Bevan Mr Aneurin Bevan , Ebbw Vale

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that they interfere with the recipients of unemployment benefit, and cannot they do the same with regard to the recipients of pensions?