§ SIR GEORGE SCOTT ROBERTSON (Bradford, Central)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that there are many aged soldiers of excellent character and good record in extreme poverty; and if he will consider the desirability of granting such ancient servants of the Crown, when not in the workhouse, a pension after sixty-five, even if they are not in possession of a medal.
§ MR. HALDANE
The grant of pensions to old soldiers merely on the ground of age and circumstances and without regard to service would involve a large expenditure, and a wholly new principle. There are other classes in the community not less interested in the question than soldiers.
§ MR. BYLES (Salford, N.)
Will the right hon. Gentleman communicate with the Patriotic Fund Commission and ascertain if they have not large resources which may be available for this purpose?
§ [No Answer was returned.]