§ 28. Mr. Tinker
asked the Minister of Health how many cases have been dealt with under the applications that have been made for supplementary old-age pensions under the Determination of Needs Act, which came into operation the first week in June; and the average amount given?
§ Mr. E. Brown
Between 1st May, when the Amendment Regulations were made, and 6th June, the latest date for which figures are available, approximately 82,500 applications for supplementary pensions were received. It is not possible to state precisely how many of these applications were made solely in consequence of the new legislation, but a rough estimate is that they were about one half of the total. During the period referred to, supplementary pensions were granted in about 63,000 cases, and found not to be payable in about 8,500 cases, 11,000 applications remaining under consideration. Particulars regarding the average amount of supplementary pensions gransions granted are not available. Statistics showing the effect of the new Regulations will, however, be collected and made available in due course.