HC Deb 14 July 1915 vol 73 cc826-7
35. Mr. PRATT

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, having regard to the recommendations of the Disabled Sailors' and Soldiers' Committee, he will undertake to meet out of public funds such sums as are necessary to make provision for the care of disabled officers and men after they have left the Service, including provision for their health, training, and employment, under the Naval and Military War Pensions, etc., Bill?


The care of disabled officers and men after they have left the Service will be one of the duties of the statutory Committee under Clause 3 (1) (i) of the Naval and Military War Pensions Bill. I cannot add to the statements which I have made in this House as regards the sources from which the funds to be placed at the disposal of the Committee will be derived. My hon. Friend is no doubt aware that disabled officers and men receive pensions from public funds.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that Sir George Murray's Committee laid repeated emphasis on further provision by the State in addition to that provided by pension?


Yes, I am aware of that, but I suggest that as the statutory Committee will have various functions, it would be impossible to provide subscriptions from public money.


Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether the Government accepted Sir George Murray's Report or only part of it?


I do not know what application my hon. Friend puts on the word "accepted," but they received the Report.