HC Deb 01 December 1938 vol 342 cc593-4
65. Mr. Parker

asked the Minister of Health why Mr. R. H. Fleming, of 81, Linton Road, Barking, who applied for an old age pension at the end of August, 1938, enclosing all relevant papers, has not yet been awarded a pension, despite a number of further letters on the subject?

Mr. Elliot

On the information at present available Mr. Fleming was not continuously insured for five years immediately before attaining the age of 65, so that one of the statutory conditions for the award of an old age pension is not satisfied. Particulars of an earlier insurance relating to Mr. Fleming have, however, been obtained and inquiries are proceeding with a view to determining whether it is possible to combine the two insurances and so secure a result satisfactory to Mr. Fleming. Every possible step is being taken to expedite the settlement of the claim.

75. Captain W. T. Shaw

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he has considered introducing legislation to secure a grant to provide winter allowances for old age pensioners who may require additional assistance during the winter months?

The Financial Secretary to the Treasury (Captain Euan Wallace)

The Government are not able to adopt this suggestion.

Mr. Davidson

Will the right hon. and gallant Gentleman bear in mind that when a Motion on this subject was discussed on Wednesday last week that the hon. and gallant Gentleman ran away from it?

Mr. E. Smith

Can the right hon. and gallant Gentleman say how long this torture and starving of the old people is to be allowed to continue?

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