HC Deb 24 May 1954 vol 528 cc10-1
18. Mr. McKibbin

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance whether he will state the number of deaths for each year since 1945 of disablement pensioners of the First and Second World Wars, respectively.

Mr. Peake

As the reply contains a number of figures I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Mr. McKibbin

If the figures show a rapidly increasing death rate would not that be a reason for giving priority to the war disabled, above all others, as soon it will be too late?

Mr. Peake

There is a steady diminution, through death, of the number of pensioners, especially of the First World War, but the cost of pensions has been maintained at about its post-war level through increases in the rates of pension.

Following is the reply:

Year 1914 War 1939 War
1945 9,026 3,158
1946 9,130 3,769
1947 10,311 4,524
1948 9,519 4,556
1949 10,471 4,430
1950 10,398 3,836
1951 12,280 3,810
1952 10,766 3,205
1953 12,084 3,311