HC Deb 04 March 1912 vol 35 cc24-5

asked the President of the Local Government Board whether, in some cases, applicants for old age pensions have to go to the workhouse to be interviewed in a similar manner to applicants for Poor Law relief; and, if so, whether steps will be taken to secure that the local pension committee should not sit within the precincts of the workhouse?


I agree that it is undesirable that the meetings of a pension committee or sub-committee should be held at a workhouse, although there is nothing in the Old Age Pensions Acts to prohibit the practice. If my hon. Friend will send me particulars of the case which has given rise to his question I shall be happy to communicate with the pension committee.


I shall be pleased to supply the right hon. Gentleman with the particulars.