HC Deb 08 December 1936 vol 318 cc1830-1

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether an old age pensioner whose pension has been withheld, owing to his entry into a Poor Law institution, has to reclaim his pension; and, if so, whether the pension, when re-granted, is paid from the day he leaves the institution or whether it is renewed automatically on his leaving the Poor Law institution?

Lieut.-Colonel COLVILLE

I assume that the hon. Member refers to a person in receipt of a non-contributory pension under the Old Age Pension Acts, 1908 to 1924. The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative; as regards the second part, a fresh pension cannot commence from a date earlier than the date of the claim. The pensioner's attention is called to these requirements when the pension previously in payment is stopped, so that he may be enabled to make a fresh claim in good time.