§ 1. Mr. H. Hynd
asked the Minister of National Insurance how many recipients of National Assistance hold certificates showing that they will become entitled to post-war credits.
§ The Minister of National Insurance (Mr. Osbert Peake)
I regret that this information is not available.
§ Mr. Peake
I can assure the hon. Gentleman that the holding of a post-war credit certificate is not taken into account 616 in computing the needs of an applicant, and as something like 60 per cent. of those receiving supplementation from the Board are over pensionable age it is highly probable that they have claimed and have already had their post-war credit paid to them.
§ 4. Lieut-Colonel Lipton
asked the Minister of National Insurance how many persons in the London area were in receipt of National Assistance on the latest date for which figures are available; and how this number compares with the corresponding date last year.
§ Lieut-Colonel Lipton
Do not these figures indicate that poverty and hardship in the London area have vastly increased? In this year of so-called incentive and festivity is it not something to be rather ashamed of that the number is still rising?