HC Deb 08 June 1964 vol 696 cc11-2W
72. Miss Quennell

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance what proof of identity and nationality is required by National Assistance officials when considering applications.

Mr. Wood

Under the National Assistance (Administration of Assistance) Regulations, 1948, the evidence of identity or nationality required in any particular case is left to the Board's discretion. The Board's officers generally ask for an acceptable proof of identity, for example a pension book or national insurance card. Evidence of nationality is required only in exceptional circumstances.

Mr. Gourlay

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance how many retirement pensioners in Scotland applied for assistance to the National Assistance Board in each calendar year since 1951; and what percentages these yearly totals represent of the retirement pensioner households in Scotland.

Mrs. Thatcher

The following table shows, for December of each year since 1951, the numbers of retirement pensioners in Scotland who were receiving supplementary grants from the National Assistance Board, and the estimated percentage of retirement pensioner households with such grants:

Year Retirement pensioners with supplementary grants Percentage of retirement pensioner households with such grants
1951 59,000 18
1952 66,000 20
1953 74,000 22
1954 80,000 23
1955 66,000 19
1956 70,000 19
1957 73,000 20*
1958 63,000 16
1959 72,000 18
1960 83,000 21
1961 81,000 20
1962 89,000 21
1963 88,000 20
* The basis on which the total number of retirement pensioner households in Scotland is calculated was changed in 1957 as a result of the centralisation in Newcastle of the payment of retirement pensions. The figures from 1957 onwards are therefore not strictly comparable with those for earlier years.

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