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Alternative Pensions (Inquiries).

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 8th June 1920.

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Photo of Mr James Hogge Mr James Hogge , Edinburgh East

81.

asked the Minister of Pensions whether inquiries respecting pre-War earnings of applicants for alternative pensions have been transferred to county court registrars; whether such inquiries are made by the registrar personally or by bailiffs of the county courts; what fee is paid; and to whom?

Photo of Mr George Tryon Mr George Tryon , Brighton

Inquiries respecting the pre-War earnings of men in employment are now being carried out generally by registrars of county courts, except in the London area and in Scotland, where the work is done by special whole or part-time inquiry officers in the direct employ of the Ministry. The registrar is directly responsible to the Ministry for the inquiries which he makes personally or which are made under his direction by his staff. The Ministry reserve the right to cancel the arrangement in any case where they consider it is not working satisfactorily. A fee of 10s. is paid to the registrar for each case, except where the registrar is a permanent Civil servant, when a reduced fee is payable.

Photo of Mr James Hogge Mr James Hogge , Edinburgh East

Is it the fact that a bailiff has the right to investigate the domestic affairs of the widow of a soldier?

Photo of Mr George Tryon Mr George Tryon , Brighton

The second part of my answer mentions powers reserved by the Minister enabling him to deal with this point.

Photo of Mr James Hogge Mr James Hogge , Edinburgh East

Will the hon. Gentleman see that the widows of these men do not have their domestic affairs investigated by an ordinary bailiff?

Photo of Mr George Tryon Mr George Tryon , Brighton

This objection will certainly be considered.