asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that East Ham and Barking War Pensions Committee was constituted in 1922, when Barking's population was only 35,000; that Barking's estimated population in 1939 was 83,000, but that the borough still only has one representative; and whether he will give the borough more equitable representation when the present term of office of members ends in December?
The constitution of the East Ham and Barking War Pensions Committee provides that four members shall be local authority representatives. These are at present nominated as to three by feast Ham and as to one by Barking. The present period of membership of the committee terminates at the end of this year, when consideration will be given to the allocation of local authority membership on the committee.
As this raises a very important issue, is it not essential that the hon. Gentleman should find out whether the Ministry have actually given any awards of any kind in these cases, apart from awards for physical injury?