HC Deb 07 December 1922 vol 159 cc1963-4
20. Mr. HAYDAY

asked the Minister of Pensions what amount was paid during 1921 as advances to ex-service men who were obliged to apply to local offices for assistance owing to delay in forwarding their payment books from the office in London to local post offices: whether, in these circumstances, the expense of travelling to the local pensions office is paid by the Ministry; and whether arrangements can be made to enable the post offices to continue payment pending the receipt of draft books?


The amount asked for in the first part of the question is £270,000, which, as I pointed out to the hon. Member last Thursday, arises largely from delay on the part of pensioners in completing their life certificates. Payment in the manner suggested would not be practicable, the Post Office officials not being in a position to decide whether the applicant is entitled to pension. The expense of travelling is not defrayed by the Ministry.


Would the Pensions Minister kindly look into this matter where hardship is imposed by having to travel to and from the local pensions office I Will he meet such expenses?


I will consider that point, but I cannot give any undertaking.