HC Deb 01 June 1916 vol 82 cc2894-5
62. Mr. P. J. MEEHAN

asked the President of the Local Government Board if he is aware that under the provisions of the Military Service Act, 1916, James Moran, of 10, Thorngate Road, Paddington, whose eyesight is 60 per cent. below normal, has been passed as fit for military service by a medical board notwithstanding that he has been under continuous medical treatment for hereditary disease of the eyes from infancy and has been rejected as unfit for military service by the military doctors at three different recruiting centres; if he is aware that, notwithstanding Moran is the sole support of a blind mother in Ireland, the tribunal refused his claim for exemption on the ground that the separation allowance would be sufficient for her support; whether, the disease being hereditary, the mother would be entitled to no pension or gratuity if Moran were discharged from the Army; and whether, in the event of Moran being disabled during the course of military service, this blind old woman will receive a pension or allowance equal to her present contributions from Moran?


My right hon. Friend has had no further information in this case since he replied to the hon. Member's previous question on the 11th May. The latter part of the question will be dealt with by my right hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for War in the reply to Question No. 112.