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Tobacco And Snuff (Pensioners)

Volume 443: debated on Thursday 30 October 1947

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is prepared to allow the same concession for the purchase of tobacco and snuff at reduced prices, to persons over 65 years of age, who are in receipt of superannuation pensions, or allowances not in excess of State Insurance pensions, but who are not in receipt of national health or old age pensions, and cannot therefore produce pension books.

No, Sir. As my right hon. Friend indicated in the Debates on the Finance Bill last summer, such an extension is not practicable.

Is my right hon. Friend aware that there are many people, exempt classes we call them, who, because of the provisions of superannuation schemes, never contribute to National Health, but are just as deserving as any other pensioned classes?

What my hon. Friend says is, of course, true, but any scheme which is put into operation must be workable, and the Post Office people at the counters must be able to identify an individual who is entitled to the relief.

But surely these people could produce certificates of membership of superannuation schemes. Post Office workers, for example?