§ 20. Mr. R. YOUNG
asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that the Cheltenham Rural Pensions Committee has not met since June last; if he will state how many applicants approaching seventy years of age have put in claims for an old age pension; and of these applicants how many are seventy years of age without having had their claims considered or the decisions made known to them?
§ Dr. ADDISON
I am informed that the Committee met on the 16th October, when all claims received since the previous meeting were dealt with and the claimants notified the same day. Since that date eight claims (including four in respect of persons who have not yet reached the age of seventy) 559 have been received, the majority on the 24th November, and a meeting to dispose of these claims will be held in the course of a few days.
§ 73. Mr. F. ROBERTS
asked the Prime Minister what action the Government propose to take with regard to the Report of the Select Committee on Old Age Pensions; and whether, in view of the need for increased allowance, steps could be taken to ensure immediate action?
§ The PRIME MINISTER
If the hon. Member will kindly repeat his question on Monday, I hope that it may be possible to give him a definite reply.