HC Deb 10 December 1942 vol 385 cc1707-8
69. Mr. Channon

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, as some time must elapse before the recommendations of the Beveridge Report, even if adopted, were put into effect, he will consider some early form of alleviation other than public assistance to those borderline cases of destitute widows who do not come under any national scheme, either through the non-contributions of their late husbands or the impossibility of themselves working?

Sir K. Wood

Apart from matters mentioned in the Gracious Speech, I am afraid that I cannot undertake to consider particular classes in advance of the close examination of Sir William Beveridge's proposals which my right hon. and learned Friend the Paymaster-General promised on the 1st of this month.