HC Deb 01 March 1909 vol 1 c1239W

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the fact that there are numerous cases of old people having been deprived of their pensions for some time through no fault of their own, but owing to press of work of the officials, he will take the necessary steps to make such pensions payable from the date on which they would ordinarily have become due?


My information is that the greater proportion of the claims which have been delayed were those of persons who failed to make their claims until near the end of 1908. If the hon. Member will refer to Section 5, Subsection (2), of the Old Age Pensions Act, he will see that the date from which pensions are to accrue is laid down by Statute, and I have no power to interfere in the matter.