HC Deb 12 March 1951 vol 485 cc1044-5
17. Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

asked the Minister of National Insurance what steps are taken to draw the attention of those who become entitled to retirement pensions to the fact that higher pensions can be earned by postponing retirement.

Dr. Summerskill

The position is explained in leaflets and other documents issued to persons approaching pensionable age. I am, however, considering what more can be done to make such persons aware that they can earn higher pensions if they postpone retirement from work beyond the ages of 65 for men, 60 for women.

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

As most of that answer was entirely inaudible on this side of the House, may I ask the Minister whether she is satisfied with the present position?

Dr. Summerskill

I am prepared to look at it again, but there are a number of leaflets in existence which are sent to the old people and which, I know, they read.

Sir W. Smithers

May I respectfully ask you, Sir, whether you could ask the engineers to put on a little more "juice"? We cannot hear a word in this part of the House.

Mr. Speaker

I am very sorry that I cannot put that right myself. I often do not hear. I have no doubt, however, that the hon. Member's protest will be heard.