Oral Answers to Questions — Old Age Pensions.

– in the House of Commons on 1st July 1942.

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Photo of Mr John Dugdale Mr John Dugdale , West Bromwich

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware of the anomalous position of those people whose incomes have now been raised above the £420 a year limit for contributory old age pensions by the Ministry of Labour's decision to allow a 46-hour week for office workers and who find themselves automatically excluded from the old age pension scheme in consequence; and whether he has any statement to make on the matter?

Photo of Dame Florence Horsbrugh Dame Florence Horsbrugh , Dundee

Payments for overtime arising solely out of war conditions, that is to say, where overtime was not a regular feature of the employment in peace-time, are regarded as temporary only and are, therefore, omitted from the calculation of the rate of remuneration for the purposes of the National Health Insurance and Contributory Pensions Acts. Consequently, the decision of the Ministry of Labour and National Service to which my hon. Friend refers should have no adverse effect upon rights under those Acts.