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Contributory Pensions

Volume 440: debated on Tuesday 22 July 1947

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asked the Minister of National Insurance if he will take the necessary steps to amend regulations made under the National Insurance Act, 1946, whereby the amount of dependants' war pension is taken into account, and deducted from the contributory pension payable to recipients of dependants' war pensions, as this regulation defeats the principle of contributory pension right under the National Insurance Act.

The increased rates of pension introduced last October are payable under the existing Contributory Pensions Acts which, since their inception, have included specific provisions to limit the duplication of dependants' war pension with contributory pensions. Under the National Insurance Act, 1946, which is to come into operation next year, the matter is left to be dealt with in regulations under Section 30. I cannot anticipate the content of the regulations, which have to be submitted to the National Insurance Advisory Committee and subsequently to this House.