HC Deb 23 November 1920 vol 135 cc207-8
68. Mr. HURD

asked the Minister of Pensions whether his attention has been called to the statement of the clerk to the Clutton guardians to the effect that it was only after a correspondence extending over 19 months, during which he, the clerk, wrote 40 letters respecting the case, that the Ministry of Pensions accepted liability for payment of the sum of £7 13s. Poor Law relief granted to an ex-Guardsman whose pension was reduced and who was certified as being unable to work; and what steps are being taken to expedite matters of this kind in the future?


The circumstances of this case were quite exceptional, but, nevertheless, my right hon. Friend agrees that the final settlement of the guardians' claim was unduly delayed. My right hon. Friend has satisfied himself that in the unlikely event of a similar case arising in the future, it will be dealt with promptly.


May we know what steps have been taken to prevent that sort of thing recurring?


We are at the moment making inquiries to find out who is responsible for the mistake that has occurred.