asked the Minister of Pensions whether a circular has been issued to pensions committees modifying the procedure set up last year regarding the submission of resolutions to advisory councils of the Ministry; and, if so, whether he will place copies of the circular in the Library for the information of Members of the House?
The only action taken in this matter has been that, following on the representations made by a war pensions committee, all committees have been informed that their statutory right to make representations directly to the Minister could not be abridged by any requirement that such representation should be made in the first instance through advisory councils. This step was necessary in view of the impression which had apparently been conveyed by a circular issued to them in the preceding year. I shall be happy to place copies of the circular referred to in the Library if this is generally desired.
I mean also the other one, which involved the issue of the new circular. The answer says that some uncertainty was caused by, the previous circular and that a new circular had to be issued. Will the hon and gallant Member put the old circular in the library?
One committee called attention to the fact that they were entitled by Statute to make representations direct to the Minister, and as it was thought that it was intended by the circular to take away the statutory right which they had previously enjoyed, we were bound to inform them that their statutory rights still remained.