§ Mr. Leslie
asked the Minister of Health whether he has considered a resolution of the Billingham Urban District Council urging an amendment to the Old Age Pensions Act, 1936, in order to meet the increase in the cost of living; and what action he proposes to take in the matter?
§ Mr. E. Brown
I have considered the resolution mentioned by my hon. Friend but it is the policy of the Government to meet the situation to which he refers not by increasing the basic rate of old age pensions, but by the provision of supplementary pensions in cases of need.