§ Mr. Manning
asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that the London Old Age Pensions Committee has refused a request of one of its sub-committees to ask his interpretation of Section 1 (b) of the First Schedule to the Old Age Pensions Act, 1936, for the reason only that in doing so after a lapse of 34 years it would cast some reflection upon their administration of the Act, with the result that pension was revoked in the case of an old gentleman of 82 years of age who was casually employed from 2nd October, 1944, and expected only to be employed until 3rd February, 1945; and if he will take action in the matter.
§ Mr. Willink
The reply to the first part of the Question is "No, Sir." I have no jurisdiction under the Old Age Pensions Act, 1936, unless an appeal is made to me against a decision of the local pension committee and it would not, therefore, be proper for me to intervene in the matter.