§ Mr. BENNETT
asked the Minister of Pensions the basis on which he arrives at a decision regarding applications for need pensions; and whether there is any scale of parental income which governs the amount of need pension granted?
§ Major TRYON
The award of a pension of the class referred to is conditioned by the existence of incapacity for self-support owing to age or infirmity. Subject to these conditions the grant of any pension within the limits fixed by the Royal 2215W Warrant is determined, following the recommendations of the Select Committee on Pensions, by reference to the reasonable expectation of support which in the circumstances the deceased son might have been expected to contribute had he survived, regard being had also for this purpose to the appropriate share in that support attributable to other members of the family, if any. With regard to the last part of the question, where the existence of need is satisfactorily ascertained pension may be awarded, according to the circumstances of the case, within a maximum potential means limit of 25s, a week in the case of one parent and 35s. in the case of two.