HC Deb 23 July 1918 vol 108 cc1628-9
54. Mr. SWIFT

asked the Pensions Minister whether his attention has been called to the case of Mrs. Cavill, of 222, Nutgrove Road, Brown Edge, St. Helens; whether he is aware that her husband was wounded in October, 1914, discharged from the Army, and died from tuberculosis on 24th February, 1917; whether he is aware that Mrs. Cavill has only been granted a pension of 10s. for herself and three children, and that the pension authorities have refused to increase the amount, on the ground that Rifleman Cavill's tuberculosis was not connected with the wounds he received in action; whether he will state the reason the Ministry of Pensions have for making this assertion, the names of the doctors upon whose certificates they rely, the dates of those certificates, and their nature; and, seeing that the attitude of the Ministry of Pensions towards Rifleman Cavill's family has created indignation in the neighbourhood, will he say what action he proposes to take?


This case has recently been carefully considered by the Medical Advisers to the Ministry, who are of opinion that Rifleman Cavill's death cannot be regarded as attributable to, or aggravated by, service, nor as connected with the disability fox which he was discharged. In these circumstances Mrs. Cavill is only eligible for a reduced pension under Article 17 of the Royal Warrant, which gives no additional allowance for children. I regret that I cannot give the information for which the hon. and learned Member asks in the third part of his question. My right hon. Friend cannot be called upon to disclose the source of the advice which is tendered to him, and the responsibility for which he accepts.