§ 55. Mr. Marlowe
asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance whether he is aware that many war-disabled pensioners who draw National Assistance will receive no net increaseas a result of the new scale of pensions, in as much as their assistance benefit will be reduced by an equivalent amount; and whether in the case of disability pensions he will make an exception from the general principle of reducing National Assistance by the amount of an increase in income.
§ Mr. Marlowe
Is my right hon. Friend aware that by the very reason of their disablement many of these men are prevented, as other people are not, from increasing their incomes in any other way. 1722 and is it not unfortunate if, when they appear to get an increase in pension, an equivalent amount is taken away from their National Assistance? Does not the right hon. Gentleman think that in the case of war-disabled pensioners there is a case for departing from the general principle?
§ Lieut.-Colonel Lipton
Will not the right hon. Gentleman try to make some sort of distinction between the war disabled people and the others, because the pension payable to the war disabled has nothing at all to do with insurance and it should have nothing at all to do with National Assistance either?