asked the Secretary of State for War if he will have inquiries made into the case of Mr. W. Fisher, pensioned as a warrant officer and subsequently enlisted as a trooper acting warrant officer for a period of five years in the Indian Forces, who has been refused a pension for the additional five years' service after the award of pension (Reference 7/F223 (F/s.); and, seeing that Army Order 445, 1920, provides that a re-enlisted pensioner on discharge shall receive, in addition to his pension already awarded and suspended during re-engagement, an allowance covering the additional service, if he will authorise an addition to the pension of Mr. Fisher of the sum of 7½d. a day, being 1½d. a day for each year of the additional five years' service after the completion of 21 years' service and the award of pension?
I have given a great deal of personal consideration to this case, which is a hard one, but I regret that under the Regulations Mr. Fisher is not eligible for any higher rate of pension than that which he receives. I have no power to deal with the taxpayers' money except in accordance with the Regulations.