§ 13. Dr. Broughton
asked the Minister of National Insurance if he will allow the proposed increase in old age pensions to become effective from 1st May, 1952.
§ 10. Mrs. Barbara Castle
asked the Minister of National Insurance whether he will ensure that the proposed increase in retirement pensions is made retroactive to cover increases in the cost of living since last September.
§ Dr. Broughton
Can the right hon. Gentleman explain how, in view of the rapidly rising cost of living, old age pensioners are to be expected to live adequately between now and September?
§ Mr. William Keenan
Is the Minister aware of the delay which obviously must occur before he puts into operation the intended increase in pensions, which will be done round about October? Could not the right hon. Gentleman have anticipated that, since we have known for months that the pensions are to be increased? Could he not have brought them into operation earlier?
§ Mr. A. C. Manuel
Would the right hon. Gentleman consult the Minister of Health and discover how he is making retrospective payments to the doctors and follow that example in the case of old age pensioners?
§ Dr. Edith Summerskill
I fully appreciate the Minister's difficulties, but has the right hon. Gentleman appreciated that the Minister of Food has foreshadowed very heavy increases in the price of food 999 and that that is why my hon. Friends are apprehensive in the matter? Does he appreciate that it would be grossly unjust to these pensioners to be subject to these heavy increases of prices before the Minister has been able to increase their pensions?