Old Age Pensions (Winter Allowances).

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland. – in the House of Commons on 30th June 1942.

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Mr. McNeil:

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether, in reviewing old age pension conditions he will extend the duration of winter allowances to Scottish pensioners, since the Government have already admitted the longer duration of the Scottish winter by their proposed fuel allowances?

Photo of Mr Thomas Johnston Mr Thomas Johnston , Stirlingshire and Clackmannanshire Western

The payment of winter allowances in supplement of old age pensions is a matter for the Assistance Board at this stage, and I have no doubt that they will consider all the implications of the fuel rationing scheme, including the point raised by my hon. Friend, to which their attention has been drawn.

Mr. McNeil:

Can I assume from that answer that my right hon. Friend is going to add his weight to my impeccable logic on this subject?

Photo of Mr Thomas Johnston Mr Thomas Johnston , Stirlingshire and Clackmannanshire Western

All I can usefully say in reply is that I have no doubt whatever that the Assistance Board will give sympathetic consideration to the point.

Photo of Captain Bertie Kirby Captain Bertie Kirby , Liverpool Everton

Will my right hon. Friend impress on his colleagues in the Government the fact that is. a week is not enough in winter to provide for these old people?