§ Mr. Wade
Is the Minister not aware that among those in receipt of the 10s. a week pension there is a widespread feeling of injustice? The fact that increases in other pensions have been justified by the increased cost of living makes it difficult for these pensioners receiving 10s. a week to understand why they receive no increase.
§ Mr. Peake
If the hon. Gentleman gave these pensioners the explanation which I have often furnished, and which was furnished on behalf of the Socialist Government by the right hon. Lady the Member for Fulham, West (Dr. Summerskill), they would better appreciate why they are not entitled to an increase of pension.
§ Mr. Shurmer
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is grave discontent at the number of widows who are receiving 10s. a week, some of whom live next door to others who are receiving the full pension? Is there any possibility of reconsidering this matter and putting all widows on to the same basis?
§ Mr. Beswick
Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that this category of persons is more deserving than some of the others to whom his right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer has been making concessions?
§ Mr. Peake
Nearly all of these widows are in employment, are contributing to the scheme and will get their larger pensions on attaining the age of 60. Actually, a much smaller proportion of these widows are on National Assistance than are on National Assistance in supplementation of the old age pension.