HC Deb 07 December 1944 vol 406 c755W
Mr. Cluse

asked the Minister of Health whether, to avoid injustice to contributory pensioners, he can see his way clear to abolish the war-time restrictive provision which prevents undrawn pensions from being paid from date of entitlement and limits that payment to an arrears period of three months.

Mr. Willink

I am not prepared to introduce separate amending legislation on this subject whilst the general legislation required to implement the Government's scheme of national insurance is being formulated. I have, however, power to modify the application of the provision he has in mind where I am satisfied that by reason of conditions arising out of the present war there has been a reasonable excuse for not obtaining payment of a pension within the statutory period.

Mr. Rhys Davies

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that an old age pensioner, drawing a supplementary pension allowed to earn 10s. 6d. per week in addition, is worse off financially when drawing 10s. per week from his friendly society; and if he will take steps to remove this anomaly.

Mr. Willink

The treatment of friendly society sick pay is governed by the Act, but I cannot agree that there is any anomaly in the fact that a pensioner is better off when he is working than when he is not.