Post-war Credits (Repayment)

Oral Answers to Questions — Pensions and National Insurance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th April 1959.

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Photo of Mr George Chetwynd Mr George Chetwynd , Stockton-on-Tees 12:00 am, 13th April 1959

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance to what extent the repayments of post-war credits to persons receiving National Assistance will be disregarded in assessing resources for qualification for assistance.

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

The National Assistance Board tells me that repayment to a person receiving National Assistance will not involve any reduction in his assistance.

Photo of Mr George Chetwynd Mr George Chetwynd , Stockton-on-Tees

Whilst thanking the Minister for that reply, which is very welcome, may I ask whether he can give an estimate of the numbers likely to be affected by this concession, and will he consider at the same time whether it can apply not only 12 weeks after the date of the Budget but also to those who have already been 12 weeks on National Assistance?

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

The second part of that supplementary question should lie to my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer. My answer to the first part is, "Not without notice, Sir."