HC Deb 23 January 1941 vol 368 cc329-30W
Mr. Gallacher

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has considered the letters from the Scottish Old Age Pensioners' Association and the West Fife old age pensioners, sent to him by the hon. Member for West Fife, demanding the complete abolition of the means test on old age pensioners, a flat rate pension of £1 per week, with added allowances where the increased cost of living or other causes make this desirable; and what action he proposes to take?

Sir K. Wood

I have considered the letters to which the hon. Member refers, but I see no reason to alter the general lines of the scheme of supplementary pensions embodied in the legislation of last Session. As the hon. Member is aware, a Bill has to-day been presented to give effect to certain changes recently announced by the Prime Minister, designed to remove causes of complaint against the means test governing the grant of Unemployment Assistance and Supplementary Pensions.