§ Captain Orr
asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance what would be the cost of providing old-age pension benefits for all those who, due to failure to opt into the 1948 Scheme, are at present deprived of benefit.
§ Mr. Pentland
I do not know which particular group the hon. and gallant Member has in mind but the cost of providing standard rate pensions to all those people who have not paid the necessary contributions to qualify for them would be about £104 million in 1965–66, with an estimated saving of about £44 million in payments by the National Assistance Board.