§ MR. KEARLEY (Devonport)
To ask the Secretary to the Admiralty whether he is able to state the reason why 622 William Welsford, shipwright, His Majesty's Dockyard, Devonport, has not been assigned his pension under the Workmen's Compensation Act, seeing that he is permanently and totally disabled, and that his injury was sustained more than a year ago.
(Answered by Mr. Pretyman.) On the 13th January last, Welsford was granted a pension of £38 14s. 3d. for life in respect of his service, and on 13th February an allowance of £27 12s. 1d. (10s. 7d. a week) for one year as compensation for injury. These allowances are not, as a rule, granted permanently in the first instance, but are reviewed after a sufficient interval has elapsed to allow of the real effects of the injury being ascertained. The compensation allowance in this case dates from November, 1903, Welsford having received hurt pay up to that date. He has been informed that his case will be further considered at the expiration of the present award when, if his disablement is found to be permanent and total, he will receive compensation accordingly.