HC Deb 02 May 1940 vol 360 cc893-4
60. Mr. John

asked the Minister of Health whether he will provide for the Old Age Pensioners' Association to have representation on the tribunals which are to be set up for the purpose of determining claims for supplementary allowance under the Old Age Pensions Act?

Mr. Elliot

The Old Age and Widows' Pensions Act, 1940, provides that the appeal tribunals set up under the Unemployment Act, 1934, are to act for the purpose of dealing with appeals in relation to supplementary pensions. No fresh tribunals will, therefore, be set up and the constitution of the existing tribunals, as laid down in the Act of 1934, does not provide for the representation of the Association to which the hon. Member refers.

Mr. Liddall

Does not the right hon. Gentleman agree that the question of old age pensions ought not to be the shuttlecock of party politics?

Mr. Riley

Is the right hon. Gentleman going to issue a public statement as to the procedure to be followed by applicants for supplementary pensions, and when will that be done?

Mr. Elliot

A statement will be issued, but I cannot yet say at what date.