HC Deb 08 June 1944 vol 400 cc1517-8
73. Mr. Wilmot

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will consider a revision of the regulation under which half the small earnings of the husband or wife of a non-contributory old age pensioner are regarded as the income of the pensioner, in view of the hardships entailed and of the incentive thus created for the earning partner to relinquish the employment.

Sir J. Anderson

The rule to which my hon. Friend refers is statutory, and could not be amended without legislation. The whole future of the non-contributory pension system is now under review in connection with the social insurance scheme, and I cannot see my way to introduce legislation on this subject in advance of the wider plan.

Mr. Wilmot

While thanking the Chancellor for that answer, may I ask him to consider accelerating this matter as it is inflicting great hardship because pensioners of advanced age are denied pensions because of the paid domestic work which their wives are doing?

Sir J. Anderson

I will do anything I can.