HC Deb 19 May 1938 vol 336 c579
55. Sir Henry Morris-Jones

asked the Minister of Health the present number of those who have availed themselves of the provisions of the Widows', Orphans' and Old Age Contributory Pensions (Voluntary Contributors) Act?

Mr. Elliot

On the nth May, 1938, the latest date of which figures are available, 281,023 applications for admission to the new voluntary pensions scheme had been received in England, Scotland and Wales, and I would remind intending applicants that the period during which specially advantageous terms can be obtained expires on the 2nd January, 1939.

Mr. Rhys Davies

Is the right hon. Gentleman able to say how those figures compare with the estimates that were given to the House when the Bill was passing through Parliament?

Mr. Elliot

Not without notice.

Sir H. Morris-Jones

Is my right hon. Friend satisfied with the response?

Mr. Elliot

I think there has been a very considerable response, but I hope we shall get still more before the expiry of this preliminary period.