asked the Minister of Health whether he will consider the introduction of legislation to increase the old age pension to 30s. a week flat rate and abolish the means test, in view of the rising cost of living and the difficulties of the old people resulting therefrom?
If my hon. Friend will look at the answer to which I have referred, he will see that the addition can be given by means of supplementary pensions, without increasing the basic pension.
Is the hon. Member not aware that, in spite of the supplementation, there is very great hardship? Will not something be done to make the position better for the old people?
Is the Minister aware that in the case of a man living by himself the amount paid is 19s. 6d., and in the case of a married couple it is 30s.? Does she realise that, in view of the increase in the cost of coal, etc., a married couple cannot live on 30s. per week?