4. Mr. DAVIES (Clitheroe)
asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that the Great Harwood War Pensions Committee strongly protests against the abolition of the pay office on the ground that it will be a very serious inconvenience to the disabled ex-service men, and will also involve considerable expense in travelling to and from Blackburn; that, in addition to the expense, it is two hours' railway journey; and whether he will reconsider his decision re retention of office, or allow- compensation for loss of time and travelling expenses?
§ Mr. MACPHERSON
The volume of current work at Great Harwood is too small to justify the retention of a separate office there. Payments will in future be made by postal draft, and voluntary workers will be organised to interview and advise pensioners locally.