HC Deb 02 February 1953 vol 510 cc1454-5
17. Mr. T. Brown

asked the Minister of National Insurance if he will consider the advisability of granting 10s. per head to each contributory and non-contributory pensioner during the pension week 25th May to 29th May to assist them to take part in the Coronation celebrations, and arrange for the cost of this to be met from the surplus funds.

Mr. Turton

No, Sir. My right hon. Friend does not think there are sufficient grounds for singling out contributory and non-contributory pensioners, who number about 4,750,000, for a special bonus.

Mr. Brown

In view of the fact that we are spending large sums of money to celebrate the glorious occasion of the Coronation—and I am not complaining about that—surely we should not leave out old age pensioners? Surely they are entitled to some enjoyment in the eventide of their lives? Would not he reconsider this matter?

Mr. Turton

My right hon. Friend has given very careful consideration to the suggestion of the hon. Gentleman but he has come to the conclusion that the suggestion is impracticable.