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asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance on what date he met representatives of the disabled ex-Service men's organisations; what organisations were represented; who constituted the delegation; what was the nature of their demands and his reply thereto; and whether he will make a statement.
I received a deputation from a number of ex-Service organisations on 20th March; I will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT details of its composition and the matters raised. The answer to the last part of the Question of the hon. Member for West Ham, North (Mr. Lewis) and to the hon. Member for Accrington (Mr. H. Hynd) is "No, Sir."
Is not the Minister aware that, rightly, both sides of the House have always paid tribute to these ex-Service men who have been disabled in fighting for their country? Does not he think that it would have been far better, instead of giving the wealthy Surtax payers £34 million a year, to have given this to the ex-Service men who have been disabled in fighting for their country? That would have been welcomed, certainly on this side of the House.
The hon. Gentleman knows very well that this Government have paid scrupulous regard to the nation's debt to these men and that they will continue to do so.
The hon. Gentleman will not really expect me to discuss the Budget, which I gather will be discussed later this afternoon. These Questions relate to a specific matter within my concern, and I have, in fact, answered them.