Old Age Pensions.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance. – in the House of Commons on 3rd March 1942.

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Photo of Mr John Tinker Mr John Tinker , Leigh

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what answer he has given to the resolution from Leigh Old Age Pensioners' Association asking that provision should be made in the forthcoming Financial Statement for an increase on the present rate of 10s. a week to old age pensioners?

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

I have considered the position referred to. The Old Age and Widows' Pensions Act, 1940, provides supplementary pensions for those that need them, and I regret that I cannot see my way to make further provision.

Photo of Mr John Tinker Mr John Tinker , Leigh

Is the Chancellor of the Exchequer aware that this resolution was carried by the Old Age Pensioners at Leigh, and that the feeling is being expressed throughout the country that something better ought to be done for the old age pensioners; and will he give some consideration to the matter in his next Financial Statement, as I can assure him he will meet some criticism if he does not?

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

I am rather accustomed to that. A large number of people have already, as the hon. Member knows, taken considerable advantage of the supplementary pension.

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that a number of inhabitants object to paying Income Tax to provide these old age pensions?

Photo of Mr Campbell Stephen Mr Campbell Stephen , Glasgow Camlachie

Is the Chancellor of the Exchequer aware of the widespread discontent, not only among the old people, but among their friends, and of the desire that something better should be done for them?

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

I should have thought that they would have taken full advantage of the supplementary pension.