HC Deb 13 February 1922 vol 150 cc629-30W

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that old claim forms are still being issued to applicants for old-age pensions which are obsolete, and recite disqualifications and other matters therein which were removed by more recent legislation; whether new forms have yet been issued in accordance with the Act passed in 1919; and, if so, whether he will issue instructions for the withdrawal of all old claim forms, and consider the possibility of issuing a summary of the Act to all claimants on application for pension?


New old-age pension claim forms were issued in January, and instructions for the withdrawal of old forms were then given. In reply to the last part of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to a similar question by the hon. Member for Leigh (Mr. Raffan) on the 10th June, 1920. I am sending the hon. Member a copy of this reply.


asked the Minister of Health whether he proposes in the present Session to introduce legislation abolishing those restrictions with regard to old-age pensions which at present act as penalties on thrift?


His Majesty's Government are not prepared to re-open the settlement embodied in the Old Age Pensions Act passed in December, 1919. As regards the specific points referred to in the question, I would refer to the full statement which my right hon. Friend made in this House on 11th May, 1921.