HC Deb 01 February 1949 vol 460 c1508
47. Lieut.-Commander Hutchison

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will extend to blinded and other 100 per cent. disabled ex-Service men the special concession of cheaper cigarettes and tobacco granted to old age pensioners.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer (Sir Stafford Cripps)

I fear that the objections which have been stated on various previous occasions are still decisive.

Lieut.-Commander Hutchison

Would the right hon. and learned Gentleman at least consider extending this in the first instance to blinded ex-Service men, who are a comparatively small number?

Sir S. Cripps

I am afraid not. If the hon. and gallant Member will read the many explanations given on the matter he will see why.

Mr. Edward Davies

Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that there are many aged persons who do not draw the statutory benefit, but are in receipt of a small annuity, who have a fair entitlement to this consideration? Will he bear that in mind?

Sir S. Cripps

I am always prepared to bear anything in mind, but as a practical matter of administration this cannot be extended.