§ 27. Mr. Leslie
asked the Minister of Health whether he will consider increasing widows' pensions, in view of the 441 growing increase in the cost of living which bears hardly on widows, especially those with young children, who are forced, by circumstances, to rely on public assistance?
§ Mr. E. Brown
I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply given to a similar Question asked by my hon. Friend the Member for North Aberdeen (Mr. Garro Jones) on 18th November.
§ Mr. Leslie
In view of the feeling in the country and in the House, could not legislation be introduced if it is necessary, as a short Bill could be passed through quickly?
§ Mr. Brown
It is not as simple as that, because it would affect the contributions to the pensions insurance schemes.
§ Mr. Buchanan
Cannot the Minister consider alternative ways of taking these people off the local rates and public assistance?