asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance the frequency of meetings of the Central Advisory Committee during the three years preceding the merging of the Ministry of Pensions with the Ministry of National Insurance; the number of occasions on which the committee has been convened since the merger was effected on 31st August last; and to what extent the status of the committee, and war pensioners' interests, have been altered since the merger.
In the three years before the merger on 31st August, 1953, there were six, three and four meetings. respectively. Since the merger there has been one meeting. As regards the last part of the Question, there has been no alteration.