HC Deb 07 December 1939 vol 355 cc829-30W
Mr. Poole

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether his attention has been drawn to the case of Mr. A. F. Lawton, of Brownhills, wherein the local pension sub-committee refused a claim for pension in 1931 but granted one in 1935; and whether he will consider amending the Old Age Pension Act, 1919, to allow of retrospective payments being made in this and other similar cases?

Captain Crookshank

The claims previous to 1935 were rejected by the committee and on appeal by the Minister of Health on the ground that the claimant's means exceeded the statutory limit. In 1935 his means had decreased to such an extent as to entitle him to a pension, but there is no reason to suppose that he was entitled before this date.