§ 29. Mr. R. MORRISON
asked the Minister of Health how many claims for old age pensions have been rejected because no evidence has been found to establish the age of the applicant; and whether in those cases where no reliable evidence of age exists the applicant is disqualified for all time?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of HEALTH (Sir Kingsley Wood)
As regards the first part of the question, exact figures are not available, but the number is very small. As regards the second part, the answer is in. the negative. The position can be reviewed, from time to time, on presentation of a fresh claim, and a right of appeal is provided.
§ Mr. MORRISON
There must be cases where no evidence at all is in existence as to the age of an applicant, and where that is the only objection. In such cases, does the Department take steps to fix an age or to make some decision?
§ Sir K. WOOD
No, Sir. I think the claimant is generally invited to supply as many particulars as he can. The hon. Gentleman will realise that it is very difficult for the Department itself to determine a matter of that kind without evidence. We are really anxious to deal with these cases, and, if further evidence is procurable at any time, the applicant can make a fresh application and 'his case is gone into.