§ 29. Mr. Dobbie
asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the inadequate standard of life that the existing pension gives to those in receipt of same, he will consider taking such steps as may be necessary to bring about an alteration in the Old Age Pensions Act which will have for its purpose the raising of the pensions paid and the standard of life of the recipients?
§ The Minister of Health (Mr. Ernest Brown)
I would remind my hon. Friend that under the Old Age and Widows' Pensions Act, 1940, an old age pensioner is eligible for a supplementary pension according to his needs and that the amount of any such pension is determined under Regulations which have been approved by both Houses of Parliament.
§ Mr. Mathers
Is the Minister aware of the growing public feeling that there ought to be a subsistence guaranteed to old age pensioners on an independent basis?