HC Deb 16 November 1908 vol 196 cc874-5
MR. VERNEY (Buckinghamshire, N.)

I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board, in the case of a married couple living together, the man being of a pensionable age and otherwise qualified for a full pension, and the woman being below the pensionable age, whether any, and, if so, what, part of the earnings of the woman gained by such means as taking in lodgers or washing would be reckoned as part of the mail's income for the purpose of deciding the amount payable to him as pension under the Old-Age Pensions Act, 1908.


The means of the husband would be calculated on the amount received or enjoyed by him individually, except that, under the proviso to Section 4 (2) of the Act, his means cannot be taken as less than half the joint means of himself and his wife. It is only in this way that the earnings of the wife would have to be considered at all.