Mr. W. A. JENKINS
asked the Minister of Pensions if he will take steps to remove the penalties imposed upon old-age pensioners who suffer reductions from the State pension in consequence of thrift or friendly assistance; and will he pay special regard to the fact that old-age pensioners who are compelled to reside in Poor Law institutions suffer the full loss of their pension and are consequently thrown wholly upon the local rates?
I have been asked to reply. I am not in a position to add to the statement made by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 27th February last on the Resolution moved by the hon. Member for Accrington (Mr. H. Edwards).
§ Mr. J. O'NEILL
asked the Postmaster-General what the approximate cost of sending old age pensions by post would be?
§ Mr. HARTSHORN
If the hon. Member contemplates the sending of cash 2569W through the post, it would be necessary to register each letter, and the cost of registration alone would amount to about £650,000 a year.