HC Deb 05 November 1945 vol 415 cc1039-40W
Mr. Stokes

asked the Minister of Health whether arrangements will be made, in view of the present shortage of accommodation, to enable old people who are drawing supplementary pensions or public assistance allowances to gain some financial benefit from the letting of vacant rooms instead of deducting such rent paid by sub-tenants from the old persons allowances thereby discouraging them from letting unused rooms.

Mr. Bevan

So far as supplementary pensions are concerned, I am discussing the matter with my right hon. Friends the Minister of National Insurance and the Secretary of State for Scotland. So far as public assistance is concerned, the proposal would require legislation.

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