HC Deb 28 July 1955 vol 544 cc1338-9
34. Mr. Moss

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that many retired teachers are living on pensions that are inadequate; and what action he proposes to take to help them.

The Financial Secretary to the Treasury (Mr. Henry Brooke)

The position of retired teachers is being kept under review, along with that of other former public servants.

Mr. Moss

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the position of some retired teachers has been described as a scandalous anomaly in what is alleged to be a Welfare State? Will he not commit himself to some expression of sympathy towards these retired members of a noble profession?

Mr. Brooke

The Government have great sympathy with all those who have to live on pensions which are not now worth as much as when the pension was granted. That was why the Government brought in a new Pensions (Increase) Act in 1952. My right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer stated in the House a fortnight ago that he was keeping the whole matter under review.

Mr. G. Thomas

Is the Minister aware that the entire teaching profession is disturbed by the condition of the "Old Guard," that repeated representations have been made to the Treasury about these old folk, and that unless action is taken the right hon. Gentleman will meet with growing resentment from those still actively engaged in the profession?

Mr. Brooke

I have already expressed my sympathy with the pensioners, not only of the teaching profession, but of other occupations.

Mr. Janner

They do not want sympathy.