HC Deb 20 June 1966 vol 730 c23
39. Mr. Bryant Godman Irvine

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance what method of identification is available to a pensioner drawing his retirement pension quarterly to enable him to obtain concessionary rates available to pensioners on production of their pension book or other similar document.

Mr. Pentland

All such pensioners are given a notice of award of pension.

Mr. Godman Irvine

Will not the hon. Gentleman have another look at this matter since a number of pensioners who are paid quarterly have no means of identifying themselves so that they can obtain concessions which are available to pensioners paid at other times?

Mr. Pentland

It is quite correct that a pensioner who receives his pension quarterly does not possess an order book. I draw the hon. Member's attention, however, to the fact that such a pensioner will have received a notice of entitlement when his pension was first awarded. If that is presented to the operators of these concessions for old people, it functions in the same way as the order book.