HC Deb 25 April 1923 vol 163 c465
73. Mr. R. DAVIES

asked the Minister of Health whether he is now prepared to publish for the information of hon. Members the Report prepared for the Ministry of Health on the cost of widows' pensions; and, if not, will he state his reasons for withholding the information it contains?


The Report to which the hon. Member presumably refers was made to the Minister of Reconstruction, not to the Ministry of Health. As the Report was based upon the Census of 1911, and in some other respects also is out of date, it hardly seems worth while to publish it, but I will send the hon. Member a copy of it.


Does the right hon. Gentleman not know that his predecessor in office secured a Report from his officers on which he based figures in connection with the suggested provision for mothers' pensions, and that that was the Report to which I referred?


Yes, and I have said that I will send the hon. Member a copy of it.