HC Deb 31 January 1918 vol 101 cc1751-2
38. Major CHAPPLE

asked the Pensions Minister whether his attention has been called to the fact that, while concessions have been made to old age pensioners in receipt of pensions, these concessions do nothing to meet the disability and hardship imposed on applicants for pensions who may be denied a pension because their weekly earnings exceed 8s. per week or £21 per annum, while an existing pensioner might enjoy over £2 per week from old age pension, separation allowance, and earnings; and, if this is so, will he do anything to meet their case?


I am aware that the concessions do not apply to applicants for pensions, and it is, I fear, not possible to meet their cases without an alteration of one of the most important of the provisions of the Old Age Pensions Acts, namely, that laying down the means qualification for the grant of a pension. I can hold out no hope of being able to introduce amending legislation.