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

– in the House of Commons on 4th June 1942.

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Photo of Mr John Parker Mr John Parker , Romford

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?

Photo of Mr Wilfred Paling Mr Wilfred Paling , Wentworth

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.

Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

asked the Minister of Pensions how many claims for pensions have been received and awarded, respectively, in neurosis cases, where there has been no physical injury, after treatment has failed in the recovery of the claimant?

Photo of Mr Wilfred Paling Mr Wilfred Paling , Wentworth

I regret that this information is not available.

Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

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?

Photo of Mr Wilfred Paling Mr Wilfred Paling , Wentworth

We have given some awards.

Photo of Mr George Buchanan Mr George Buchanan , Glasgow Gorbals

Should we not know these facts, as many people have been refused?

Photo of Mr Wilfred Paling Mr Wilfred Paling , Wentworth

It would entail a complete alteration of our system of keeping statistics. At present it would be very difficult, even if it were worth while, to do so.

Photo of Mr George Buchanan Mr George Buchanan , Glasgow Gorbals

Surely it is worth while to know how the Minister of Pensions is dealing with the rights of ex-Service men. Surely information should not be refused to the House of Commons on the question of granting or refusing such awards?

Photo of Mr Campbell Stephen Mr Campbell Stephen , Glasgow Camlachie

Would the Parliamentary Secretary consider the speeches of the hon. Member for his own Division on this matter, previous to his taking office?