§ 28. Mr. J. Howard
asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance how many men retired on a retirement pension at ages from 65 to 70 years, inclusive, during the year ended 31st December, 1961, or the latest convenient period of 12 months; and what was the total of National Assistance paid to those retirement pensioners during the same period.
§ Mr. Boyd-Carpenter
In the latest period of 12 months for which figures 21 are available, which ended on 30th September, 1961, 189,700 retirement pensions were awarded to men aged 65 to 70 years. The number of these pensioners who applied for National Assistance and the amount paid to them is not known, but it is estimated that, at the end of 1960, about 14 per cent. of all male retirement pensioners of these ages were receiving a supplement.