§ Sir W. Smithers
asked the Minister of National Insurance the increased payment involved to old age pensioners in the increase of 6 per cent., 12½ per cent. and 19 per cent., respectively, in the number of applicantsi.
§ Mr. J. Griffiths
The present annual cost of old age and retirement pensions is about £265 million. The cost of the various increases mentioned in the number of pensioners would therefore be approximately £16, £33 and £50 million a year, respectively.