Old Age Pensions.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance. – in the House of Commons on 4th June 1942.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that delegates representing over 2,500,000 citizens resolved recently to call for a substantial increase in the basic scale of old age pensions, the abolition of the present distinction between the new and old savings of old age pensioners, and the necessity of not taking into consideration superannuation benefits from trade union and other sources; and whether he pro poses to take any action in the matter?

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Leigh (Mr. Tinker) on Tuesday, 3rd March.

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that a considerable volume of public opinion now exists that the whole question of old age pensions should be drastically reconsidered and revised in the direction of a more just scale being granted to this section of the community? May I ask whether the Chancellor proposes to take any action about it?