Public Assistance

Oral Answers to Questions — National Insurance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th December 1949.

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Photo of Major Donald Bruce Major Donald Bruce , Portsmouth North 12:00 am, 13th December 1949

asked the Minister of National Insurance what was the average number of people drawing basic public assistance in Great Britain for the years 1919–23, 1935–39 and 1945–49. respectively.

Photo of Mr Edward Fleming Mr Edward Fleming , Manchester, Withington

asked the Minister of National Insurance how many non-contributory old age pensioners are receiving additional financial help from the Public Assistance Board in the Manchester City area.

Photo of Mr James Griffiths Mr James Griffiths , Llanelly

I am having prepared such information as is available and will write to the hon. Members as soon as possible.

Photo of Mr Edward Fleming Mr Edward Fleming , Manchester, Withington

In view of the fact that there are a considerable number of old age pensioners on the contributory list who are compelled at present to go to public assistance, would the right hon. Gentleman consider some means of increasing the basic pension so that they will not be forced to do so?

Photo of Mr James Griffiths Mr James Griffiths , Llanelly

That is another question.

Photo of Mr Quintin Hogg Mr Quintin Hogg , Oxford

Can the right hon. Gentleman indicate when it is that he is likely to have this rather important information available, and in what form he proposes to publish it?

Photo of Mr James Griffiths Mr James Griffiths , Llanelly

One hon. Member asked me for some figures a fortnight ago and he has had them well over a week ago. We are preparing these figures now. If any hon. Member would like to have them circulated, perhaps he would put a Question down and I will have them circulated.

Photo of Mr Henry Hynd Mr Henry Hynd , Hackney Central

Would my right hon. Friend publish them in the OFFICIAL REPORT as a result of these Questions?

Photo of Mr James Griffiths Mr James Griffiths , Llanelly

If the hon. Members who asked the Questions desire that, certainly I will do so.