Lieut.-Colonel Sir FREDERICK HALL:65.
asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that Mrs. Annie Hird, R.O.A. 27,085, has made an appeal for a widow's pension to his Department; that the appeal was disallowed on the ground that only 103 weekly contributions had been paid between the date on which her husband last entered insurance and the date of his death; and whether, seeing that the payment of 104 weekly contributions is a statutory condition for the award of a pension to the widow of an insured man who died after 4th January, 1926, and that this claim has failed through non-payment of only one weekly contribution, he will again consider the matter to see whether it is possible for Mrs. Hird to be granted the pension, or, if not, whether some ex gratia payment can he made to her on compassionate grounds?
Sir H. YOUNG:
I have looked into this case, and find that the position is as described in the first and second parts of the question. As regards the third part, I have no power to waive the statutory conditions in any circumstances, nor have I power to make a payment on compassionate grounds in a case where the statutory conditions are not satisfied.