HC Deb 28 December 1919 vol 123 c1244
43. Mr. R. YOUNG

asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that a number of discharged disabled soldiers have committed suicide and left dependants in straitened circumstances; that the medical evidence affirms that the contributory causes of suicide in these cases arise from or are due to wounds received or illness contracted while on service, and that it has been decided that assistance cannot be given to the relatives by way of pensions, etc., because they are not covered by the terms of the Royal Warrant; and whether it can be arranged that all such cases will be brought to the notice of the administrators of the National Relief Fund for consideration, and that where found necessary help shall be given in relief of distress arising in connection with the War?

Mr. BONAR LAW (Leader of the House)

I would refer the hon. Member to the replies given to questions on this subject by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Pensions on the 18th of August and the 6th of November last. I have no doubt that such cases, if brought before the Committee of the National Relief Fund, will receive careful consideration.