HC Deb 27 October 1952 vol 505 cc162-3W
59. Mr. G. Thomas

asked the Minister of National Insurance the number of retired pensioners in Cardiff who were in receipt of supplementary assistance in October, 1951; and the comparative number at the nearest convenient date.

Mr. Peake

At 25th September, 1951, the nearest date for which figures are available, 6,656 regular weekly grants of National Assistance were being made in supplementation of retirement pensions in the areas administered from the Board's two offices in Cardiff: the corresponding number in September, 1952, was 7,423.

61. Mr. McKay

asked the Minister of National Insurance if he is aware that the widows of miners killed in the pits in many cases are compelled to apply for National Assistance, and that the extra 20s. supplement paid to miners' widows out of the miners' funds, is being fully taken into account when the widow applies for National Assistance; and if he will consider allowing part of this 20s. to be disregarded.

Mr. Peake

The National Assistance Board inform me that they would not feel justified in differentiating between these supplements and the main widow's pension, which they have no specific authority to disregard.

Mr. Lewis

asked the Minister of National Insurance the figures of the numbers of persons in receipt of National Assistance benefits in the Parliamentary constituency of High Wycombe and the borough of High Wycombe, respectively, at the latest convenient stated date; and what were the similar figures for 1st October, 1951.

Mr. Turton

At 30th September, 1952, 2,313 regular weekly payments of National Assistance were being made in the area administered from the National Assistance Board's office at High Wycombe, which covers about four-fifths of the Parliamentary constituency, including the borough. The corresponding number at 25th September, 1951, was 2,025. Separate figures for the constituency and borough respectively are not available.