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Retirement Pensions

Volume 466: debated on Tuesday 28 June 1949

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asked the Minister of National Insurance if the amendment to the regulations to enable the retirement pension a woman may receive when her husband reaches the age of 70 or on his earlier death will require confirmation by this House.

The regulations to which the hon. Member refers have now been made. They are subject to the normal procedure of negative resolution.

Is this another instance that the Socialist Government can impose charges upon the taxpayer without asking this House?

No, Sir. This makes the benefit of a scheme available to a new class of contributor, and no extra charge is involved.