§ COLONEL KENYON-SLANEY (Shropshire, Newport)
I bog to ask the Secretary of State for War whether the issue of special service pensions has been suspended; and, if so, why, and when it will be resumed; whether he is aware that over 600 cases have been investigated and prepared; whether, in view of the urgent needs of the applicants, he will take steps to at once resume the issue; whether the issue of such pensions to residents in the Colonies has been prohibited; and, if so, why; and whether he will consider the expediency of issuing a warrant which will cover all such cases, and so save the loss of time and the amount of investigation-involved in the present system?
*THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (Mr. CAMPELL-BANNERUMAN,) Stirling, &c.
I am glad to say that we 1727 have been able to add to the sum already available for the special pensions for the Crimea and Indian Mutiny a further amount of £5,000. This will enable the Commissioners of Chelsea Hospital to deal with the more urgent cases among the applications which have been received. I am not disposed to insist upon the exclusion of claims from men resident in the Colonies; but naturally cases at home will have some priority. The pensions being subject to these limits it is not advisable to deal with them by Warrant.
§ *MR. CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN
The £5,000 will provide for 371 pensions; and when all are given it is 'estimated that 400 cases will remain undealt with. That is including the vacancies under the previous sums.