HC Deb 09 March 1954 vol 524 cc1925-6
43. Miss Ward

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the number of old-age pensioners at the latest convenient date who were taking advantage of the tobacco concessions introduced in the Finance Act, 1947.

Mr. R. A. Butler

About 2,300,000 old-age pensioners at present receive tobacco tokens.

Miss Ward

Could my right hon. Friend say what proportion of the total that represents, and what he is doing for the ones who do not draw their, tobacco ration at the lower rate?

Mr. Butler

This represents about one-half of the old-age pensioners in the categories covered by the tobacco token scheme.