HC Deb 30 June 1942 vol 381 cc21-2
38. Mr. McNeil

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether, in reviewing old age pension conditions he will extend the duration of winter allowances to Scottish pensioners, since the Government have already admitted the longer duration of the Scottish winter by their proposed fuel allowances?

The Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. T. Johnston)

The payment of winter allowances in supplement of old age pensions is a matter for the Assistance Board at this stage, and I have no doubt that they will consider all the implications of the fuel rationing scheme, including the point raised by my hon. Friend, to which their attention has been drawn.

Mr. McNeil

Can I assume from that answer that my right hon. Friend is going to add his weight to my impeccable logic on this subject?

Mr. Johnston

All I can usefully say in reply is that I have no doubt whatever that the Assistance Board will give sympathetic consideration to the point.

Mr. Gallacher

Will the Minister get the Minister of Labour to add his weight?

Mr. Kirby

Will my right hon. Friend impress on his colleagues in the Government the fact that is. a week is not enough in winter to provide for these old people?