HC Deb 08 May 1924 vol 173 cc603-4
2. Mr. E. BROWN

asked the Minister of Pensions what changes are proposed in the relations between the Ministry and the areas in the country?


asked the Minister of Pensions how soon he will set up his new scheme of Regional Advisory Committees, and what will be their powers and constitution?


While no change is at present contemplated in the existing procedure between the headquarters of the Ministry and the local offices, I am making arrangements for bringing War Pensions Committees into closer relationship with the Ministry by providing for an improved system of representation for Committees, on Advisory Councils and of representation, in turn, of Advisory Councils on the Central Advisory Committee. I am sending my hon. Friends copies of a circular recently issued regarding the proposed changes—I may add that I am taking steps to obtain the views of War Pensions Committees before the powers and constitution of the new Councils are finally settled.