§ Mr. RHYS DAVIES
asked the Minister of Health the number of persons in exempted employment who became voluntary contributors under the Widows', Orphans,' and Old Age Contributory Pensions Act, 1925, late in life and who, though not eligible for the full pension or any pension between the ages of 65 and 70, will be eligible for the full pension of 10s. a week, irrespective of any test as to means or income, on reaching the age of 70?569W
Sir H. YOUNG
I regret that I am not in possession of the figures asked for in the question, which is presumed to refer to persons who by the terms of their employment enjoy superannuation rights at least as favourable as the old age pension rights conferred by the Act and whose employment has on that account been certified as excepted from compulsory insurance for old age pensions. Where such persons have become voluntary contributors after a specified age they are given certain modified rights to pensions under the Act, but as these differ in some respects from those stated in the question, I am sending the hon. Member particulars.