HC Deb 03 December 1946 vol 431 c57W
122. Mr. McAdam

asked the Minister of National Insurance if he has considered a resolution sent from a mass meeting of northern branches of the National Spinsters Pensions Association, held in Manchester on 23rd November; and what reply has he to make.

Mr. J. Griffiths

I have received this resolution which reiterates the view of the association that pensions under the National Insurance Scheme should be payable to spinsters from the age of 55. This question was thoroughly discussed during the proceedings in this House on the National Insurance Bill. A proposal to reduce the pensionable age for unmarried women to 55 was then rejected and I am not aware of any grounds for reopening the matter.