HC Deb 02 June 1938 vol 336 cc2224-5
49. Mr. Tinker

asked the Minister of Health the number of old age pensioners in January, 1938, and the number of those who, in addition, receive assistance from local authorities; and the percentage increase of the latter over January, 1937?

Mr. Elliot

On 1st January, 1938, 230,652 old age pensioners out of a total number of 2,296,908 were in receipt of poor relief, representing 10.04 per cent. The corresponding percentage on 1st January, 1937, was 9½7.

Mr. Tinker

Do not these figures create some alarm in the mind of the Government and give them to think that there should be more allowance than is given at the present time?

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