§ 9. Dr. D. Johnson
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in furtherance of the policy of siphoning off existing purchasing power, he will consider the issuing of pension bonds, redeemable at retiring age in annuity form, as an attractive means of encouraging savings.
§ Mr. R. A. Butler
I am grateful to my hon. Friend for this suggestion, but I would point out that the life offices and friendly societies issue deferred annuities. I have no reason to believe that the facilities which they offer are inadequate.
§ Dr. Johnson
While thanking my right hon. Friend for his reply, may I, however, ask him to keep this idea in view as a voluntary supplement to the various compulsory measures of saving?
§ Mr. Butler
Yes, certainly. There is still power, I suppose, for the Government to take action of this sort, but I consider that the possibilities for the life offices and friendly societies are sufficient to meet the present problem.