HC Deb 23 November 1908 vol 196 cc1777-8
MR. R. HARCOURT (Montrose Burghs)

I beg to ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer whether a claimant, otherwise duly qualified, must under the Old-Age Pensions Act be refused a pension on the sole ground of residence abroad during fourteen of the last twenty years; and whether a pension officer is bound to refuse such a claim under recent regulations on the ground that eight years absence must be the limit, or whether some discretion can be allowed in this respect.


The matter is governed by Section 2 (2) of the Act and Article 29 of the Regulations, to which I may perhaps refer my hon. friend. He will see from that Regulation that the exceptions are much wider than his Question suggests. The section of the Act to which I have referred requires the term "residence" to be defined by regulations. It would not, therefore, be possible to leave it to the discretion of the pension authorities.