HC Deb 03 December 1951 vol 494 c1999
9. Miss Elaine Burton

asked the Minister of National Insurance how many old age pensioners were in receipt of old age pensions at the last convenient date; and how many of this number were in receipt of joint pensions as man and wife.

Mr. Peake

As the reply contains a number of figures, I will circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Miss Burton

Can the right hon. Gentleman give any general idea as to how great a proportion of the total number is made up of married old age pensioners?

Mr. Peake

This is rather complicated by the fact that the hon. Lady's Question includes, as I understand it, not only retirement pensioners, but also non-contributory old age pensioners. It would be preferable if the hon. Lady would study the rather elaborate statistics which I am circulating and then, perhaps, put down another Question.

Following is the reply:

The available information is as follows for the end of September, 1951:

Retirement and Contributory Old Age Pensions.

(1) Men 1,475,000
About 70,000 of the men pensioners were receiving an increase of pension for a dependent wife under 60.
(2) Women receiving pension by virtue of the husband's insurance 750,000
(3) Women receiving pension on their own insurance 825,000
(4) Widows receiving pension by virtue of their husband's insurance 1,175,000
Non-Contributory Pensions 400,000
Of which 45,000 are paid to married women.
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