Oral Answers to Questions — Old Age Pensions.

– in the House of Commons on 22nd January 1942.

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Photo of Mr William Dobbie Mr William Dobbie , Rotherham

asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the inadequate standard of life that the existing pension gives to those in receipt of same, he will consider taking such steps as may be necessary to bring about an alteration in the Old Age Pensions Act which will have for its purpose the raising of the pensions paid and the standard of life of the recipients?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I would remind my hon. Friend that under the Old Age and Widows' Pensions Act, 1940, an old age pensioner is eligible for a supplementary pension according to his needs and that the amount of any such pension is determined under Regulations which have been approved by both Houses of Parliament.

Photo of Mr Morgan Price Mr Morgan Price , Forest of Dean

asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the increased cost of living since the outbreak of war, he will consider a flat-rate increase in the old age pension without a means test?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply given to my hon. Friend the Member for West Leyton (Mr. Sorensen) on 20th January.

Photo of Mr Morgan Price Mr Morgan Price , Forest of Dean

Is the Minister satisfied that the present basis takes into consideration the increased cost of living?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

That is another question, but I have at various times answered similar questions, and my hon. Friend will have seen that that is one of the items that is kept under constant review by the Assistance Board.

Photo of Mr George Mathers Mr George Mathers , Linlithgowshire

Is the Minister aware of the growing public feeling that there ought to be a subsistence guaranteed to old age pensioners on an independent basis?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I have seen various resolutions.