HC Deb 01 February 1965 vol 705 cc703-4
14. Mr. Shinwell

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance how many persons applied for the £4 grant in December; and how many were in receipt of the grant.

Mr. Pentland

The special payments were made, without application, to 1,579,915 people.

Mr. Shinwell

Can my hon. Friend say whether there have been any complaints on the part of any of these recipients about this grant, and whether my right hon. Friend has received any letters of appreciation?

Mr. Pentland

We have received—the Department, my right hon. Friend and I myself—many hundreds of expressions of appreciation of the Government's policy on this matter.

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