HC Deb 31 July 1922 vol 157 cc1033-4W

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that if a, person who has a capital of a few pounds and is also a recipient of an old age pension is, after admittance into the care of the union authorities, debarred from receiving such pension whilst an inmate, yet during his period there the local authority utilises the small capital owned by the person as compensation for his maintenance; and, in view of such action, if he is prepared to pay to such pensioners their pension under such circumstances?


There is no power under the Acts to pay pension to any person while he is an inmate of any workhouse or other Poor Law institution, subject to the exception laid down in Section 3 (1) of the Act of 1919, which relates to persons becoming temporarily inmates of such institutions for the purpose of obtaining medical or surgical treatment.