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Leaflet (Cost)

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 10 April 1951

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asked the Minister of Pensions to whom the leaflet entitled "The Open Door" has been circulated; what was the cost of its publication; and what is the estimated cost of publishing the same information in plain leaflet form without the pictorial design.

The leaflets have been sent to over 50 voluntary organisations and to local authority and Government officers who have contacts with war pensioners. I also sent a copy to every Member of this House as a matter of interest. The cost was £63. A plain leaflet without pictorial design would have cost about £20.

Although the extra cost may be comparatively small, what were the practical advantages which the Minister expected from it?

The practical advantage of submitting leaflets or pamphlets of any kind which are attractive in appearance is that they are more likely to get attention than are pieces of what we call "winkle bags."

Is my right hon. Friend aware of the welcome given by disabled men to the information he has given? Will he make the country aware also of the draconic treatment meted out to the disabled between the wars—[Interruption]—and furthermore, will he see that the country knows these penetrating figures: that out of every 100 disabled men who applied for pensions between the wars, 60 were turned down, whilst under the present Government—

The hon. Member appears to be making a statement and giving information, and not asking a question. At Question time one must ask questions and not give information.

I was merely asking my right hon. Friend if it is not true that 69 out of every 100 men who applied for pensions under a Conservative Government were turned down. Is it not true that 70 out of every 100 receive them under the Labour Government?