I assume that by "basic pensions" my hon. Friend means pensions at the rate of 26s. a week. It is estimated that the cost of granting such pensions under the National Insurance Scheme to spinsters from the age of 55 would be about £9 million in the first full year, rising to about £14 million aften ten years, when those not insured at the outset had become qualified. This would mean an increase in contributions under the scheme in respect of spinsters of about 7½d., together with a substantially increased contribution from the Exchequer.