HC Deb 06 March 1896 vol 38 c357

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War, whether, in view of the rapidly diminishing number of Crimean veterans qualified for compassionate allowances, the restriction will be removed under which men of 65, if medically certified to be able-bodied, cannot secure a pension, although starving from inability to find employment in competition with younger men?


No instance can be traced in which a campaign pension has been refused, on the ground of his being able-bodied, to any soldier in necessitous circumstances who had 10 years' service, was 65 years of age, and held a medal for a campaign before 1860. If the hon. Member will inform me of any case which has come to his knowledge, I will cause inquiry to be made.