§ 61. Mr. A. Edwards
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury what in crease in the allowance to old age pensioners would be necessary to enable them to enjoy the same standard of living as they did a year ago?
§ Captain Crookshank
With the Ministry of Labour cost-of-living index figure of 165 for 1st October, 1939, it would be necessary to add about 7¾d. to the 10s. pension in order to enable old age pensioners to purchase as much with their pensions as they could have done a year ago, when the corresponding figure was 155.
§ Mr. Edwards
Would the Minister be good enough now to make a calculation for himself, and, with his usual genius, he might get a correct answer?
§ Mr. Holdsworth
Is my right hon. and gallant Friend not aware that the Ministry of Labour figures have no relation to the increase of prices?
§ Miss Wilkinson
Seeing that the right hon. and gallant Gentleman's own middle name is Comfort, could he not do better for the old age pensioners than that?