§ MR. J. P. FARRELL
I beg to ask the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether, in August or September 1896, a sworn declaration was made by Joseph Deniston, late of the 11th Foot, detailing the circumstances and causes which led to his being permanently disabled by rheumatism contracted whilst serving at Portsmouth and South Africa; and whether the Commissioners of Chelsea Hospital have yet considered that declaration; and if so with what result?
THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY TO THE WAR OFFICE (Mr. POWELLWILLIAMS,) Birmingham, S.
I must refer the hon. Member to my reply to him on the 17th April last, in which I said that if further medical or other evidence, proving that Deniston's physical disability was attributable to his Army service could be produced, his case would be reconsidered by the Commissioners of Chelsea Hospital. The man's own declaration has been received, but it only repeats his former statements, and as it is not supported by any medical or other evidence there has not been any case for reconsideration.