asked the Minister of Pensions whether, in the event of a member of the Forces being killed in action who had joined the Forces from the Civil Service and whose Service pay had been augmented to bring it up to the Civil Service rate, his widow's pension would be at the ordinary Service rate or whether a higher pension would be paid by reason of the deceased man's service in the Civil Service?
asked the Minister of Pensions the number of applications received by the War Service Grants Advisory Committee to the latest convenient date, distinguishing between applications from officers, men and members of the Women's Services; and indicating the number of cases in which grants have been made and the average amount granted?
The total number of applications received by the War Service Grants Division of the Ministry is 732,749, made up as follows:
|Officers and nurses||3,107|
|Other ranks (men)||727,320|
|Women's Auxiliary Forces||2,322|
asked the Minister of Pensions how many pensions appeal tribunals are now sitting in respect of cases arising out of the last war; whether he can give the number of cases of refusal of pension during the present war; and whether he is now prepared to set up a minimum number of tribunals to deal with appeals arising therefrom?
There is now no whole-time tribunal sitting to deal with Great War cases. Two part-time tribunals in Great Britain—one covering England and Wales and the other Scotland—meet as required. I regret that it would not be in the national interest to give the figures requested in the second part of the Question, and with regard to the last part of the Question I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the reply given to the hon. Member for North Camberwell (Mr. Ammon) on 14th May.
My reply to the hon. Member is that this matter is still under consideration and that we are consulting those most concerned in this matter, who represent the Service men. In reply to the Question of the hon. and gallant Gentleman, I am sorry that he was unable to attend the last meeting of the Advisory Committee, where I stated I was calling a special meeting of that Committee to deal with the very question he has just raised.
It would not be in the public interest to give the figure asked for in the first part of the Question; as regards the second part of the Question, the proportions were 4.7 per cent., 10.4 per cent., 2 per cent. and 5.7 per cent.