HC Deb 23 February 1939 vol 344 cc557-8
46. Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the Prime Minister whether he has given consideration to the Motion on the Order Paper by the hon. and learned Member for Withington (Mr. Fleming) and others relative to old age pensions; if so, can he make a statement on the question, and give time for a Debate?

[That this House is of the opinion that the weekly sum paid to old age pensioners should be increased to such an amount as would render it unnecessary for any old age pensioner to seek help from a public assistance committee.]

The Prime Minister

I regret that I can hold out no hope of special facilities being given for the discussion of this Motion.

Mr. Smith

Will the right hon. Gentleman reconsider that decision? Is he aware that owing to a change that was made in 1928, old people of 65 are no longer eligible to qualify for unemployment benefit, and in view of the serious position that they are now in, will he have inquiries made in various parts of the country?

The Prime Minister

I do not think any inquiry is necessary. The facts are very well known.

Mr. Gallacher

Will the right hon. Gentleman not appoint a Select Committee of this House to go into the question?