§ Mr. Pardoe
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will take action so that the retirement pension is payable by a monthly cheque to all those who are willing to make use of such additional facilities.
§ Mr. Ennals
It would be very costly at present to provide payment of retirement pension by monthly cheque as an alternative to payment weekly by pension order book or quarterly by payable order. Before the end of this year, however, a new computer installation will begin to take over the issue of order books and once this new system is working smoothly it is hoped to be able to offer at an economic cost the further alternative of monthly payment by cheque.