§ 5. Mr. WHITE
asked the Minister of Pensions whether he will reconsider the pension of Mrs. Elizabeth Wilkinson, of Two Dales, near Matlock, whose son, Private J. W. Wilkinson, No. 29,166, East Lancashire Regiment, was killed in October, 1916, and in respect of whom she was receiving a pension of 12s. 6d., plus 20 per cent. bonus, up to 3rd May last, when it was reduced to 8s. 5d. a week without bonus, in consequence of Mrs. Wilkinson being granted the old age pension; and whether, in reconsidering the case, he will take into consideration the fact that the only income of Mrs. Wilkinson and her husband, apart from their old age pension, is 12s. 11d. a week, and also that both Mrs. Wilkinson and her husband are in a bad state of health and continually requiring medical treatment?
§ Mr. MACPHERSON
The pension now in payment represents the extent of pre-enlistment dependence upon the late soldier. I regret that, in view of the income of the household, including the two old age pensions in issue, an increase of pension on the ground of need cannot at present be granted.