HC Deb 25 November 1920 vol 135 cc612-3
14. Mr. CAIRNS

asked the Minister of Pensions whether he would allow treatment allowances to men for one week or more after their treatment ceases in order that they may be helped until they find employment?


I fear that the concession proposed would be contrary to the terms of the Royal Warrant under which these allowances are paid, since they are paid during the period of treatment only. Moreover, the object sought to be gained by my hon. Friend's proposal would not be within the scope of my Department, but within that of the Ministry of Labour.


Does that mean that the people have to starve?


I hope not. I think the Ministry has been very generous. It is always willing to provide treatment allowance and treatment to any man so long as it considers him treatable. After that it naturally becomes a question for another Department.