Old Age Pensions.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance. – in the House of Commons on 18th June 1942.

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Photo of Mr William Gallacher Mr William Gallacher , Fife Western

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has considered the resolutions passed at public meetings in Bowhill and Kelty on 31st May, and sent to him by the hon. Member for West Fife, demanding old age pensions of 30s. per week at the age of 60 years and the abolition of the means test for old age pensioners; and what steps he is prepared to take to meet this demand.

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

I would refer my hon. Friend to my statement made in the House yesterday.

Photo of Mr William Gallacher Mr William Gallacher , Fife Western

Will the Chancellor of the Exchequer in any inquiry which he proposes to make into this question, or any proposal which he is considering, receive a statement from the representatives of the Old Age Pensioners' Association?

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

I do not think I can take the matter further than I did in the statement which I made yesterday.

Photo of Mr William Gallacher Mr William Gallacher , Fife Western

But the Chancellor of the Exchequer will agree that if any matters concerning city companies were being considered, representations would be received from them, and surely we should get the same consideration for the representatives of the old folk as is given to the gang of robbers in the city?