HC Deb 07 March 1944 vol 397 cc1872-3
54. Mr. Tinker

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware of the feeling in the country for an increase in the basic rate of old age pensions; and if provision will be made for it in the forthcoming Financial Statement; the Budget, in April.

Sir J. Anderson

I am aware of the feeling to which the hon. Member refers but, as the House has already been informed, the whole matter of old age pensions is under consideration as part of the Beveridge Report and I cannot anticipate the conclusions which will be reached.

Mr. Tinker

If there is no change in the forthcoming Budget Statement, there will be a fight on the question when the time comes.

Sir H. Williams

Is there any estimate of the number of the people concerned, who are in employment and earning handsome wages?

Sir J. Anderson

It would be difficult to say offhand.