Old Age Pensions.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 6th December 1938.

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Photo of Mr Joseph Batey Mr Joseph Batey , Spennymoor

asked the Prime Minister whether he will appoint a Royal Commission to inquire into the position of aged people who have to exist on 10s. per week, where a man reaches 65 years of age and his wife has not reached that age?

Photo of Mr Neville Chamberlain Mr Neville Chamberlain , Birmingham, Edgbaston

I am not prepared to recommend the appointment of a Royal Commission, as suggested, as I do not think it would serve any useful purpose.

Photo of Mr Joseph Batey Mr Joseph Batey , Spennymoor

Is the Prime Minister not aware that there are still 250,000 of these cases in England and Wales, and is it his intention to do anything for them?

Photo of Mr Neville Chamberlain Mr Neville Chamberlain , Birmingham, Edgbaston

The hon. Member asked whether I would appoint or recommend the appointment of a Royal Commission, and I said "No," because I do not think it would serve any useful purpose. All the facts are known already.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

If the right hon. Gentleman will not appoint a Royal Commission will he take steps to remove the anomalies to which the question refers?

Photo of Mr Neville Chamberlain Mr Neville Chamberlain , Birmingham, Edgbaston

That is another point altogether.

Photo of Mr George Griffiths Mr George Griffiths , Hemsworth

Will the Prime Minister give consideration to the men who have been insured for 25 years without a break and who are now unemployed?