asked the Minister of Pensions whether he has received resolutions from boards of guardians protesting against the Regulations that deprive war widows and orphans of the pensions that the country intended to give to all dependants of men who died, from disabilities received in the Service; and, if so, can those. Regulations be rescinded?
I have received a number of copies of a resolution from different parts of the country, all couched in identical terms, to the effect stated by my hon. Friend. It is not clear to what particular Regulations the resolution refers. But I would point out that pensions to widows and orphans are administered under the Royal Pension Warrants, the terms of which have received the approval of Parliament. Moreover, the position of claimants to pension under the provisions of those Warrants is fully safeguarded by the right of appeal from the decision to the independent pension appeal tribunals.