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Orders of the Day — Conduct of the War. (7 May 1940)

Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: I count myself fortunate in having an opportunity to speak, for within an hour I must rejoin my unit. The war is so close to our shores to-day that an airman can dine with his wife, will proceed overseas over the North Sea to set fire to a hornets' nest and extinguish it with a pitch of high explosive, and be back having breakfast, if he is fortunate, with his wife at the usual time on the...

Orders of the Day — Workmen's Compensation (Supplementary Allowances) Bill. (30 Apr 1940)

Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: I hope that the House will bear with me if in my argument I show less acquaintance with the subject than its importance deserves. I only knew last night that I should be free to come to the House to-day, and there is no subject on which I should more desire to address the House than on this. Some ten years ago I wrote two volumes of history. I called the first volume "Loyalties" and the...

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Air Estimates, 1940. (7 Mar 1940)

Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: May I join with the hon. Member for Berwick-on-Tweed (Sir H. Seely),my very senior officer, in congratulating the Minister upon his statement to-day, and may I congratulate him at least as much on his reticence as upon his revelations? I hope that he will not be too ready to make the further revelations which he has been invited to make by the hon. Member for Bishop Auckland (Mr. Dalton), and...

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Air Estimates, 1940. (7 Mar 1940)

Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: Industry has an insatiable maw, which will take any number of men, but the Air Force want their share. Industry has proved its ability to look after itself in that respect. There is also the question of spare parts. It has never been more necessary than to-day to adapt the peace-time methods of industry to the needs of war. I am not entirely convinced that all possible is being done to meet...

Old Age and Widows' Pensions [Money]. (26 Feb 1940)

Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: The only point upon which I find myself in modified agreement with the hon. Gentleman the Member for Spennymoor (Mr. Batey) is his reference to overlapping of administration, and in particular in regard to the Department of Customs and Excise. I see from the last annual report of the Department of Customs and Excise that the cost of administering the Old Age Pensions Act, 1908, and the...

Old Age and Widows' Pensions [Money]. (26 Feb 1940)

Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: Yes, Sir.

Old Age and Widows' Pensions [Money]. (26 Feb 1940)

Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: I do not in the least know what the hon. Member means. If he refers to the Civil List, no such pension is ever granted without the most stringent inquiry as to means. Let me assure him that there is no possibility of a Civil List pension being granted without such inquiry, and the only reason why the cases of applicants, in view of their straitened circumstances, are not mentioned as they...

Old Age and Widows' Pensions [Money]. (26 Feb 1940)

Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: The hon. Member must appreciate that there is less difference in that than would appear from his definition. In the "over-7o's" you take into account any relatives who are in a position to support the applicant.

Old Age and Widows' Pensions [Money]. (26 Feb 1940)

Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: If he is living free of charge in a house, he may well be charged with the amount.

Old Age and Widows' Pensions [Money]. (26 Feb 1940)

Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: I have never asked in this House how other Members earned their living, or the sources from which they receive the money upon which they live. I have no reason to regret, or be ashamed of, the fact that I have drawn a pension, after serving the British Government for rather more than 20 years—

Old Age and Widows' Pensions [Money]. (26 Feb 1940)

Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: A means test is not applied to Civil Service, Military, Naval or Air Force pensions when they have been earned by a specified period of service.

Old Age and Widows' Pensions [Money]. (26 Feb 1940)

Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: To my mind this is wholly outside the Financial Resolution and no part of my speech. I believe a means test is always necessary if you are handing out money without any previous contractual arrangement with the Exchequer. I am convinced it has always been necessary in the past and will be necessary again.

Old Age and Widows' Pensions [Money]. (26 Feb 1940)

Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: If a contributory pension was actuarially sound from the beginning it might well be considered a contract, but in fact contributory pensions have to be paid largely out of the Exchequer. I wish to say, in conclusion, that the "over 70"pensions have been administered fairly and squarely for many years past and that the application of the means test in respect of these pensions has resulted in...

Old Age and Widows' Pensions [Money]. (26 Feb 1940)

Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: Can the hon. Gentleman explain in what manner these officials lead a furtive and clandestine existence?

Workmen's Compensation. (30 Jan 1940)

Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: I beg to move, in line 1, to leave out from the word "That," to the end of the Question, and to add instead thereof: this House recognises the importance and urgency of the question of amending the law relating to Workmen's Compensation and urges the Government to enter into discussions with representatives of industry with a view to devising a temporary scheme for meeting cases of hardship...

Workmen's Compensation. (30 Jan 1940)

Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: An immediate flat-rate increase by statute has never in the past been retrospective.

Workmen's Compensation. (30 Jan 1940)

Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: That is not my impression.

Workmen's Compensation. (30 Jan 1940)

Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: I am speaking from memory and may be wrong. Our Amendment would make it possible to provide for the free provision of medical treatment in serious cases, of artificial limbs, and of aids to locomotion, which are automatically and as a matter of course provided for the disabled warriors of the armed Forces of the Crown. The Mining Industry Welfare Fund did not exist in 1917, but it exists...

Workmen's Compensation. (30 Jan 1940)

Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: In practice, employers who are in a mutual association seldom deal with cases themselves but refer them over to their mutual association. I know the percentage figures of litigation are paraded in the Home Office reports, showing that only 1 or 2 per cent. of cases are subject to litigation. Those figures are utterly misleading. It is 1 per cent. of all cases over three days' absence of work,...

Workmen's Compensation. (30 Jan 1940)

Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: Cases of hardship are those, for example, where there is serious permanent disability, or long incapacity, and they require very different treatment from short-term disability.


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