§ 4. Mr. Hector Hughes
asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance how many men and women in Scotland are now in receipt of old-age or retirement pensions; how many of these receive National Assistance; the cost of these pensions and National Assistance at present; and how the average weekly sum received by each such person compares with the present cost of living.
§ Mr. Peake
As the reply to the first part of the Question contains a number of figures I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT. I do not know what comparison the hon. Member has in mind in the last part of his Question but I would remind him that the Assistance scales approved in 1952 give a more generous standard of living than any previous scales since the end of the war.
§ Mr. Hughes
Does the Minister appreciate that I will try to help him in his lack of understanding of the last part of the Question? Does he realise that a practical comparison of the cost of living with the resources available to old-age pensioners reveals the shocking and disgraceful fact that the old-age pensioners are not getting their fair share of the national income and the national resources? What steps is he taking to rectify that position?
§ Following is the information:
|Retirement Pensions||National Assistance grants to retirement pensioner households||Non-contributory old-age pensions||National Assistance grants to non-contributory old-age pensioner households|
|Number||Cost £ millions||Number||Cost £ millions||Number.||Cost £ millions||Number||Cost £ millions|
|Men … …||140,000||12||75,000||2.4||10,000||2||15,000||.6|
|Women wives on husbands' insurance.||60,000||4||25,000|
|Women on own insurance and widows.||2,00,000||17|
§ NOTE.—The figures are approximate throughout.