HC Deb 23 January 1918 vol 101 cc990-1
74. Mr. WING

asked the Minister of Reconstruction if he will consider the advisability of appointing a representative Committee to revise the terms on which. old age pensions are granted, in accordance with the universal demand of friendly and trade societies throughout Great Britain and Ireland, namely, increasing the maximum income from 13s. a week to £1 a week; if so, when this will be done; and, it not, will he state the reason?


It has been the policy of successive Governments to meet. the difficulties of old age pensioners due to the War by administrative concessions, and I do not think that it would serve any useful purpose for a Committee to be appointed to consider the desirability of revising the Old Age Pension Acts whilst conditions are still abnormal.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that while the change made was received with great gratitude in the country, the Special Committee referred to could consider the whole question in accordance with the unanimous demand of the trades and friendly societies of the country, namely, that the income should not be limited to the 13s. a week, to which it. is limited at present, but that it should—


The hon. Member is making a debating speech.

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