HC Deb 21 March 1938 vol 333 cc841-2
47. Mr. Tinker

asked the Prime Minister whether an opportunity will be given to debate the Motion relating to supplementing the present rate of old age pensions, standing in the name of the hon. Member for Leigh and others?

[That, in the opinion of this House, in view of the large number of old age pensioners who have to seek Poor Law relief to implement the 10s. a week pension, the time has come when consideration should be given to a substantial increase in old age pensions and thus relieve the anxiety and worry caused to these people who cannot enjoy a decent standard of life on 10s. a week.]

The Prime Minister

In view of the state of public business, I am afraid that I can hold out no hope of special facilities being given for the debate of this Motion.

Mr. Tinker

In view of the fact that 10 per cent. of the old age pensioners have to go on Poor Law relief, can the Prime Minister remain satisfied with such a state of things?

Mr. G. Griffiths

Does the Prime Minister know that the West Riding County Council have paid out of the rates £200,000 for assisting old age pensioners?

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