HC Deb 28 January 1937 vol 319 cc1070-1
68. Mr. Maclay

asked the Minister of Health whether, when considering the long-term policy in connection with insurance and pensions schemes, he bases his calculations on the likelihood of the United Kingdom population increasing or decreasing in numbers; and, if so, whether he can give any indication of the estimated increase or decrease during a given number of years?

Sir K. Wood

Where long-term estimates are necessary, as in connection with the contributory pensions scheme, the trend of population figures is taken into account. I would refer the hon. Member to the estimates of the insured population in Table A in the Appendix and in paragraphs 53 and 54 of the report by the Government Actuary on the working of the Contributory Pensions Acts which was issued in May, 1935 (H.C. 82/1935).

Mr. Cart land

Is the question of population kept continually under review in the Ministry, and are estimates with regard to the future also made from time to time?

Sir K. Wood

That is a general question. The question itself relates to a particular matter. If the hon. Member wants any further information on the general question, perhaps he will communicate with me.