Poor Law Relief.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ex-Service Men. – in the House of Commons on 16th February 1922.

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Photo of Mr Robert Richardson Mr Robert Richardson , Houghton-le-Spring

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asked the Minister of Pensions if his attention has been drawn to the number of disabled ex-service men receiving relief from the guardians owing to their pensions being insufficient, and the handicap placed upon them in finding work because of their disablement; and if he will consider the granting of full pensions to these men whilst out of employment?

Photo of Sir James Macpherson Sir James Macpherson , Ross and Cromarty

I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to the hon. Member for Abertillery (Mr. G. Barker) on the 9th instant.

Photo of Mr Robert Richardson Mr Robert Richardson , Houghton-le-Spring

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that a large number of these people are receiving relief from the guardians, and does he not think that in these cases the Government might give relief such as I have indicated?

Photo of Sir James Macpherson Sir James Macpherson , Ross and Cromarty

The Government is giving relief through other Departments. I give the full pension assessed in every case.