§ Mr. Boyd-Carpenter
I received the hon. Member's letter and enclosures on Tuesday. I propose, in my reply, to point out that since 1951 the rates of both retirement pensions and National Assistance have increased to a greater extent than would have been the case if, as suggested, they had been linked to the cost of living. I shall also invite his attention to the fact that there is a special and higher rate of assistance for blind persons.