HC Deb 05 July 1923 vol 166 cc608-9
43. Colonel Sir A. HOLBROOK

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he will consider the introduction of legislation to secure the right of the aged poor to the money benefits they have provided for throughout life from a friendly society or other thrift organisation, and to relieve them from the present injustice of having to set these benefits against their right to old age pensions; and when it is proposed to amend the Friendly Societies Acts so as to raise the amount payable as insurance on the lives of children above the limit set forth in Section 62 of these Acts, as was promised when a similar Amendment to the Industrial Assurance Bill was accepted?


As regards the first part of the question His Majesty's Government cannot at present undertake to reopen the settlement embodied in the 1919 Ald Age Pension Act. In reply to the second part, I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the reply given to the hon. Member for Worcester on the 28th June.


Does the Chancellor of the Exchequer think that it would be possible to attain the result aimed at in the second part of the question by such increase in the limit?


Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that there are some people against the proposed increase?