§ MR. JOHNSON-FERGUSON (Leicester, Loughborough)
I beg to ask the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether he is aware that Amos Higgs, late a private in the Grenadier Guards, applied for a compassionate campaign pension in January of this year; 662 that on 22nd February the Lieutenant Governor of Chelsea Hospital wrote that the case of Amos Higgs has been completed and is ready for placing on the roll of pensions (special) for 1893–4 when the number of pensions to be allowed is settled; that A. Higgs has now received a letter from the Secretary's Office, Chelsea Hospital, stating that owing to the limited number of pensions allowed for the present year his claim must remain over for consideration when new pensions for the year 1894–5 become available in April next; and that A. Higgs is 61 years of age, was wounded in the Crimea, received two medals, is new incapacitated from work, and is entirely dependent on charity for his support; and whether he will take such steps as will ensure a pension being granted to A. Higgs?
§ THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY TO THE WAR OFFICE (Mr. WOODALL, Hanley)
I am informed by the Commissioners of Chelsea Hospital that they did not regard the claims of Amos Higgs as equal to those of the men to whom pensions have been awarded. A note of his application has, however, been taken, so that it may be considered as vacancies occur.