HC Deb 11 March 1957 vol 566 c136W
92. Mr. Wade

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance whether, in view of the fact that some old-age pensioners do not smoke and of the inadequacy of existing pensions, he will, pending an increase in pension scales, enable all old-age pensioners to draw in cash a weekly sum equivalent to the value of the tobacco tax relief and to replace the tobacco tax relief.

Miss Pitt

No. My right hon. Friend has no power to make such payments.