§ 42. Mr LYONS
asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to the case of Mr. S. F. Rayns, of 197, Syston Street, Leicester, who claimed a contributor's old age pension after attaining the age of 65 years, and who was in receipt of a service dependent's pension of 9s. 7d. weekly; that an increase of 5d. a week has been given in respect of his rights to an old age pension; and whether it is proposed 1570 to increase this award so as to equal the amount to which he would otherwise be entitled by way of contributory pension?
§ Mr. SHAKESPEARE
The position is as stated in the first and second parts of the question. My hon. Friend is aware that the award is governed by the express provisions of Section 24 (1) of the Contributory Pensions Act, 1925, and my right hon. Friend has no power to award a pension except in accordance with the provisions of the Act.