HC Deb 03 May 1923 vol 163 c1614

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether, in view of the fact that an old age pensioner with an allotment of 20 poles bringing in a profit of 26s. a year receives 2s. a week less pension for himself and the same amount less for his wife, with the effect that a computed profit of 6d. a week deprives him and his wife of 4s. a week, he will consider an amendment of the law so as to prevent income from allotments being a disqualification for the receipt of full pension?


I cannot undertake to amend the Old Age Pensions Acts. The hon. Member will be aware that the Departmental Committee of 1919 saw insuperable difficulties in making any equitable distinction between means derived from different sources.


Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that when an old age pensioner has a few chickens, the value of the eggs is taken into consideration?

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