Emergency Grants (Withdrawal).

Oral Answers to Questions — Naval and Military Pensions and Grants. – in the House of Commons on 2nd March 1922.

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Photo of Mr Rupert Gwynne Mr Rupert Gwynne , Eastbourne

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asked the Minister of Pensions, if Regulation 4 of the Special Grants Committee Regulations, as applicable to disabled officers, has been cancelled; and, if so, on what he based his assumption that the need for such emergency grants had ceased?

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

This Regulation has been revised, and the power to make emergency grants to disabled officers has been withdrawn. These grants were introduced as a purely temporary measure to meet circumstances arising immediately out of war conditions, and their continuance at the present time can no longer be justified.

Photo of Mr Rupert Gwynne Mr Rupert Gwynne , Eastbourne

May we take it that the right hon. Gentleman will see that ex-service men will not lose any benefits they have been promised or are entitled to, on the grounds of economy, whilst doles are given to those who did not serve during the War?

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

I have already stated that so long as I am Minister of Pensions ex-service men shall not suffer in the way suggested.