HC Deb 07 July 1890 vol 346 cc918-9

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been called to the necessitous circumstances of many of the veterans who served in the Crimean War and Indian Mutiny; and whether he can now promise any measures for their relief?

MR. NORRIS (Tower Hamlets, Limehouse)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War if he has considered further the claims of the old soldiers who were engaged in the Crimean Campaign and the Indian Mutiny, and many of whom are now incapable of work and in want, and if there are any funds available for their relief; and, if not, whether the Government will award moderate pensions to those men who are found to be deserving?

*THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (Mr. E. STANHOPE,) Lincolnshire, Horncastle

I am afraid that I can add little or nothing to the answer which I gave to a similar question on the 1st of May last. I asked the hon. Member for Dundee (Mr. Robertson) to postpone his question, as I am anxious to ascertain whether, in any of the cases which have been brought before me by letter, there are special circumstances of an urgent character which would justify me in setting aside the Regulations. I do not find that there are any special circumstances, but, on the other hand, I do find that the cases are such that it would be difficult to defend the grant of any pensions at all.