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 22 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.
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.