HC Deb 15 February 1951 vol 484 c592
12. Mr. Robert Carr

asked the Minister of Education whether he will consider introducing legislation to enable teachers' pensions to be paid at monthly intervals instead of quarterly as at present.

Mr. Tomlinson

I have promised to consider this matter, should legislation be introduced, but I cannot give any undertaking to alter the present arrangements.

Mr. Carr

Would not the Minister agree that considerable help would be given to such pensioners by this suggestion? Has he not had many representations on this matter?

Mr. Tomlinson

Yes, Sir, there are a great many representations, but I would point out that the administrative work concerned would be three or four times as great as under the present arrangement.

Mr. Godfrey Nicholson

Does the right hon. Gentleman mean to imply that it would need legislation to introduce this simple administrative change?

Mr. Tomlinson

It would need legislation to do what the hon. Member for Mitcham (Mr. Carr) suggests should be done.