EX-SERVICE MAN (A. McLACHLAN).

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 27th February 1929.

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Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Linlithgowshire

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asked the Minister of Pensions whether he has any information about Alexander McLachlan, late sergeant, 26th Middlesex Regiment, who served during the War and is now, in consequence of disability, an inmate of the poorhouse at Linlithgow; and whether he is in a position to render any assistance to the man?

The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of PENSIONS (Lieut.-Colonel Stanley):

The Ministry have no record of the case referred to and there is nothing to suggest that the man is suffering from a disability connected with his war service. My right hon. Friend regrets therefore that the case is not one in which he can take any action.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Linlithgowshire

Do I understand the hon. and gallant Gentleman to say that the Ministry have no record of this case, and, if so, how can they say that the man is suffering from no disability; and in the circumstances will he make further inquiries?

Lieut.-Colonel STANLEY:

We have no record of the man's case except the letters which he wrote asking if the Ministry could do anything for him, but it was never suggested that his condition was due to war service.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Linlithgowshire

Will the hon. and gallant Gentleman make further inquiry into the matter?

Lieut.-Colonel STANLEY:

It is for the man to apply, if he thinks he is entitled.