HC Deb 20 July 1908 vol 192 cc1484-5

I beg to ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer whether James Walker, aged fifty-five, who was recently charged with bigamy at the Huddersfield Police Court, and who is alleged to have gone through the form of marriage with eleven women, will be entitled on attaining the age of seventy to an old-age pension; and, if not, under what provisions of the Bill will he be excluded from the reward intended for veterans of industry.


I do not know whether my hon. friend means to imply that the circumstances of the case to which he alludes amount to an irrefutable proof of industry. If, as I understand, the case is still under the consideration of the Court, I do not think it would be proper for me to say anything on the subject in this place.

MR. BOTTOMLEY (Hackney, S.)

Can the right hon. Gentleman say if there is any record of a man after marrying eleven wives attaining the age of seventy?

[No Answer was returned.]