HC Deb 21 April 1948 vol 449 cc146-7W
70. Mr. Prescott

asked the Minister of National Insurance if he is aware of the reluctance of weavers, who are old age pensioners, to return to work in the mills owing to the consequent reduction in their pensions; and whether, in view of the importance of increasing the labour force in the textile and other high priority industries, he will introduce legislation to abolish the means test for pensioners who return to work in these industries.

Mr. Steele

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to a Question on this subject to the hon. Member for Moseley (Sir P. Hannon) on 27th January.

Mr. Paget

asked the Minister of National Insurance when Mr. Henry Thorpe, pension No. 5674969, who retired on 30th October, 1947, may expect to receive his increased pension.

Mr. Steele

A pension order book at the increased rate together with an order for the arrears of pension due is in the hands of the area officer of the Assistance Board for immediate delivery to Mr. Thorpe. Delay in this case would have been avoided if Mr. Thorpe had applied for his increased pension in the first instance to the local area office of the Assistance Board.