HC Deb 18 March 1937 vol 321 c2251
43. Mr. Sexton

asked the Minister of Health the number of women 6o years of age and under 65 who are the wives of pensioned men of 65 years and over, such men now receiving pensions under the National Health Act?

Sir K. Wood

The precise information asked for by the hon. Member is not available, but it is estimated that there are at present 140,000 wives of this class.

Mr. Sexton

In order that a number of these women shall not have to apply for public assistance, will the Minister give consideration to amending the Act so as to improve their lot?

Sir K. Wood

That is another question.

65. Mr. J. Griffiths

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether, in view of the continued rise in the cost of living and the hardship caused thereby to aged persons, widows, and orphans dependent on their pensions, he will take steps to increase the amount of these pensions in proportion to the rise in the cost of living?

The Financial Secretary to the Treasury (Lieut.-Colonel Colville)

I regret that I cannot adopt the hon. Member's suggestion, and in fact I would remind him that the cost of living to-day is appreciably below what it was when the pensions and allowances to which he refers were fixed.