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Old Age Pensioners

Volume 415: debated on Thursday 1 November 1945

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asked the Minister of National Insurance whether, having regard to the appeal that householders wherever possible should place some of their accommodation at the disposal of homeless persons, he will also arrange that in the case of old age pensioners they shall not suffer a reduction in the amount of their supplementary pensions by responding to his plea.

I am in communication with my right hon. Friends the Minister of Health and Secretary of State for Scotland on this point.

asked the Minister of National Insurance whether he will consider the introduction, at an early date, of a Measure to increase old age pensions to 30s. per week with no means test, so as to provide for suitable maintenance for the old folks during the winter and succeeding months.

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Luton (Mr. Warbey) on 11th October. Since that date I have been considering by what means it might be possible to expedite even further the programme which the Government has in mind, and I hope to be able to introduce in the near future the comprehensive Bill referred to in that reply.