HC Deb 28 February 1966 vol 725 cc897-8
35. Mr. Kershaw

asked the Paymaster-General what official invitations he has received in the last six months to visit Chelsea Hospital as chairman.

The Paymaster-General (Mr. George Wigg)

None, Sir.

35. Mr. Kershaw

asked the Paymaster-General ever goes there again, will he tell the pensioners there that he is against pensions for the very old and that he took steps to prevent the discussion in the House of a Bill designed to give pensions to very old pensioners?

Mr. Wigg

If I have the good fortune to go to the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, either as a visitor or as a pensioner, for which I have the honour to be eligible, I shall at least have gone there more frequently than did my predecessors, of whom there have been six during the last ten years, for three of them never visited it at all and three visited it only five times. In my 15 months of being Chairman of the Governors I have visited it five times.