HC Deb 09 July 1975 vol 895 c212W
Mrs. Bain

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many representations she has received asking for the continuation of the Christmas bonus scheme for retirement pensioners; and from whom these were received.

Mr. Meacher

I cannot give a precise figure, but my right hon. Friend has received a number of letters from Members of Parliament, members of the general public, and from pensioners' organisations about the bonus, including a letter dated 1st July from the hon. Member herself to which a reply will be sent as soon as possible. The replies already sent have made plain that a bonus is bound to be somewhat arbitrary in coverage and excludes a number of people who benefit from a general uprating. As already announced, the next uprating has been brought forward to the week beginning 17th November.