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It is estimated that about 425,000 late age entrants will start drawing retirement pensions in July, 1958, of whom about 115,000 will be married women qualifying for pensions on their husbands' insurance, and some 15,000 men will be able to receive an increase in the rate of their pensions for a dependent wife under age 60. The cost of these pensions will amount to about £40 million a year initially.
Is my right hon. Friend able to state approximately how many people of retirement age will be wholly without retirement pensions after these arrangements have been completed? As, presumably, the numbers of such people must be relatively small, would it now be possible for my right hon. Friend to consider anew their position?