HC Deb 26 June 1979 vol 969 c163W
Mr. Pink

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will make arrangements for people who are entitled to a retirement pension but do not draw it, to be issued with a card showing that they are so entitled.

Mrs. Chalker

I am not sure which people my hon. Friend has in mind. Retirement pensioners who do not hold an order book because they are paid at four-weekly and 13-weekly intervals by payable orders are issued, on request, with a card confirming their entitlement to a pension to enable them to take advantage of concessions available to retired people. I understand that the notice of entitlement to a pension or a birth certificate is also often accepted for the purposes of those concessions. If, however, my hon. Friend is aware of any cases in which difficulties are being experienced and will let me have details, I will consider them.