Widow's Pension (MRS. G. W. Kirkup).

Oral Answers to Questions — Naval and Military Pensions and Grants. – in the House of Commons on 31st July 1922.

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Photo of Mr John Swan Mr John Swan , Barnard Castle

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asked the. Minister of Pensions if he is aware that Mrs. Kirkup, of Langley Park, County Durham, widow of the late Sergeant G. W. Kirkup, No. 13867, East Yorkshire Regiment, has been refused a pension; that Kirkup's pension was raised up to 100 per cent.; and that he had served, not only in the late War, but also in Africa and will he see that, in the light of all the service rendered and resulting in his death, the widow will not be left destitute, but that the pension will be transferred to her which her husband had?

Photo of Mr George Tryon Mr George Tryon , Brighton

The case referred to by my hon. Friend has been considered by the independent appeal tribunal, who have decided that Mr. Kirkup's disability was neither due to, nor aggravated by, his service. In these circumstances, I regret that a pension at the full rate cannot be awarded under the Royal Pension Warrant.

Photo of Mr John Swan Mr John Swan , Barnard Castle

Is my hon. and gallant Friend aware that the 100 per cent. was given after repeated inquiries and it was recommended?

Photo of Mr George Tryon Mr George Tryon , Brighton

I am aware that the elegibility of this pension was fully considered, but it was decided that she was not entitled, and the decision of the Ministry has been upheld by the independent Appeal Tribunal.