HC Deb 01 August 1935 vol 304 c2841
32. Mr. LECKIE

asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to the hardship inflicted on an insured man who is compulsorily retired from his employment at 65 and whose wife has not yet reached that age, and is therefore unable to draw her old age pension; and whether he will introduce legislation to provide in such cases for the wife's pension to commence at the same time as her husband's?


This proposed extension would cost more than £6,000,000 in the first year and increasing amounts thereafter, and would consequently involve substantial additions to pensions contributions. I am afraid, therefore, that I cannot see my way to introduce legislation for the purpose at the present time.