HC Deb 04 July 1924 vol 175 c1660W

asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that, as qualification for pension, it is necessary for a British-born subject to reside in this country for 12 years after attaining the age of 50, but that if a man is not a natural-born British subject it is only necessary for him to have resided here for 20 years, aggregate, at any time; whether he will take steps to remedy this in view of the fact that a claimant, a British-born subject, who bad resided here for an aggregate period of 55 years, but had not so resided during the previous 20 years, was refused a pension, whereas if he had been an alien born he would have received one; and whether he will consider making residence in one of our Colonies equivalent, for this purpose, to residence in the United Kingdom in the case of a British-born subject?


I would refer the hon. Member to the reply which my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer gave on the 3rd July to the hon. Member for North Hammersmith (Mr. J. Gardner).