Dependants' Pensions.

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

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Photo of Colonel Sir Walter De Frece Colonel Sir Walter De Frece , Ashton-under-Lyne

98.

asked the Minister of Pensions how many widows to date have been refused pensions because their husbands have died more than seven years after discharge from the forces, notwithstanding that death was directly attributable to wounds, injury, or disease due to service?

Photo of Mr Jack Lawson Mr Jack Lawson , Chester-le-Street

94.

asked the Minister of Pensions in how many cases the dependants of ex-soldiers have been refused pensions owing to the application of the seven years' limit as laid clown in the Royal Warrant of June, 1922?

Photo of Mr George Tryon Mr George Tryon , Brighton

I am afraid I am unable to state the precise number of cases of widows who have been found ineligible for pension under Article 11 of the Royal Warrant, but I understand that they are very few. I may, however, point out that all such cases are eligible for consideration with a view to pension under Article 17 of the Royal Warrant, and pending a settlement of the general question, which is receiving the close personal attention of my right hon. Friend, the cases that arise are being so dealt with.

Photo of Mr Jack Lawson Mr Jack Lawson , Chester-le-Street

95.

asked the Minister of Pensions in how many cases dependants of ex-soldiers have been refused pensions on the ground that the family income did not justify the granting of a pension?

Photo of Mr George Tryon Mr George Tryon , Brighton

I am afraid that the records of the Ministry do not enable this information to be given.