Oral Answers to Questions — Personal Injuries (Civilians) Scheme.

– in the House of Commons on 23rd June 1942.

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Photo of Mr James Griffiths Mr James Griffiths , Llanelly

asked the Minister of Pensions; whether he will reconsider his decision not to grant a pension to Mrs. Whitehouse, Cardiff, whose only son was killed whilst doing voluntary duty as a fire-watcher; and, if the provisions of the existing Act make that impossible, whether he proposes to amend the Act so as to provide a pension in cases like this?

Photo of Mr Walter Womersley Mr Walter Womersley , Grimsby

Under the Personal Injuries (Civilians) Scheme a parent's need pension can be granted only if, amongst other conditions, the deceased person had been contributing to his parents' support, and this condition is not fulfilled in the case to which my hon. Friend refers. I am, however, giving further consideration to the principle involved in order to see whether any modification is desirable.

Photo of Mr James Griffiths Mr James Griffiths , Llanelly

In that consideration will any action that the Minister may take cover cases of this kind?

Photo of Mr Walter Womersley Mr Walter Womersley , Grimsby

Certainly. If there is any alteration, it is bound to be retrospective.