HC Deb 07 December 1922 vol 159 cc1960-2
16. Mr. WARNE

asked the Minister of Pensions how many claims for pensions under Article 11 of the Royal Warrant by widows whose husbands have died as the result of disability due to war service have been disallowed because these men survived for more than seven years after the date of such wound, injury, or disease?


About 70 cases of this nature have arisen up to date the majority of which, however, have already been dealt with by way of pension under Article 17.

17. Mr. C. WHITE

asked the Minister of Pensions whether he will do all that is possible to facilitate a decision being arrived at in the case of Mrs. Lucy Tomlinson, of 476, Broomhill, Glossop Road, Sheffield (late of Pilsley, near Bakewell), widow of the late Kenneth H. Tomlinson, No. 71806, Sherwood Foresters, who died on the 27th September last of tuberculosis contracted while on military service; and whether he is aware that the pension was applied for through the Sheffield war pensions committee two months ago, since which time nothing has been heard by the widow of the application?


It has been found necessary to obtain further medical information before a final decision can be given. I will see that there is no unnecessary delay in connection with the case.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this woman is dependent on charity at present, and will he hasten up a decision?


We do all we can in these cases. On the available information the case could not be granted, but additional information may possibly enable a favourable decision to be arrived at.


asked the Minister of Pensions the number of widows of men who have died since the War who have claimed pensions from his Department during the last 12 months; how many such pensions have been allowed and how many refused; how many of such cases have gone to appeal; and can he state what the decisions on such appeals have been?


During the last 12 months about 10,500 applications by widows for pensions have been considered, and in 5,500 cases an award of pension has been made. About 4,000 appeals by widows have been heard by the tribunals during the same period, and of these approximately 1,200 have been successful.