Oral Answers to Questions — Armed Forces (Pensions and Grants).

– in the House of Commons on 29th May 1941.

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Photo of Mr George Hall Mr George Hall , Merthyr Tydfil Aberdare

asked the Minister of Pensions whether, as the maximum pension payable to a widowed mother of a soldier son killed in action, previously entirely dependent upon him, is 15s., and this in exceptional cases only, he will consider an amendment to the Royal Warrant in order to end this state of affairs?

Photo of Mr Wilfred Paling Mr Wilfred Paling , Wentworth

I would refer the hon. Member to the Answer given to a similar Question put by him on 10th April.

Photo of Mr George Hall Mr George Hall , Merthyr Tydfil Aberdare

Surely my hon. Friend realises that that Answer was very unsatis- factory? Does his Ministry think a 15s. maximum enough in these days?

Photo of Mr Wilfred Paling Mr Wilfred Paling , Wentworth

The Answer indicated that the rates were fully considered before the issue of the present Royal Warrant, and that they were thought to be appropriate.

Photo of Mr George Hall Mr George Hall , Merthyr Tydfil Aberdare

The Warrant was issued some time ago. Since then prices have gone up, and rates in other directions have been altered.