HC Deb 02 June 1931 vol 253 c30
52. Mr. DAY

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury the number of persons who were in receipt of old age pensions, either under the Old Age Pensions Acts, 1908 to 1924, or under the contributory scheme, as at the 3ist December, 1930?


The number of non-contributory pensions payable under the Old Age Pension Acts 1908–1924 as at the 31st December, 1930, was 905,141. This figure includes 23,318 pensions payable under the Blind Persons Act, 1920, to persons under the age of 70. At the same date 628,429 old age pensions awarded under the Contributory Pensions Acts were in payment in Great Britain to persons between the ages of 65 and 70, while 531,516 pensions were in payment under the Old Age Pension Acts by virtue of the Contributory Pensions Acts to persons over 70.


Can the hon. Gentleman say whether applications for all blind persons' pensions have been dealt with and granted and how many are still under consideration?


If my hon. Friend will put down that question, I will inquire into it.