HC Deb 03 December 1919 vol 122 cc400-1
69. Colonel ASHLEY

asked the Pensions Minister whether, in view of the fact that disability pensions are similar in nature to payments made under the Workmen's Compensation Act, the Government has now decided to take steps to free such pensions from liability to forfeiture on the recipient being convicted of a serious offence?


I have now considered this matter, and I have given directions which will ensure that, while the pension of the man himself will be suspended during the term of imprisonment, the wife and children of the pensioner will continue to draw their allowances. I also propose to modify the present practice with regard to the probationary period which, in many cases, is required to elapse before the pension is restored. In future, except in the extreme case of conviction for treason, the pension will be restored immediately on the man's release from imprisonment.


When will it come into force?


It shall come into force as soon as the administrative instructions have been given. I should think in about a fortnight or so.