§ 38. Mr. POTTS
asked the Minister of Health whether he has received from the Barnsley Board of Guardians a protest against the Widows', Orphans' and Old Age Contributory Pensions Act, 1925, throwing upon the shoulders of the ratepayers an additional burden which is due to the technical wording of the Act; and what action he proposes to take?
I have not received such a resolution from the Barnsley Board of Guardians, but I may refer the hon. Member to the remarks made by me on this subject in the course of the Debate on the 22nd February on the Motion of the hon. Member for Wellingborough (Mr. Cove).
§ Mr. POTTS
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that widows without a child have no claim for pension, and that the guardians are having to support them? Is he further aware that where a widow receives a pension, having a child going to school up to the age of 14 or 16 respectively in the case of elementary or higher grade schools, that the moment the child reaches the age limit the pension is withdrawn? Will he take steps to amend the existing Act with respect to that technicality?
Both those points were fully answered in the remarks to which I have referred the hon. Member.