HC Deb 10 December 1925 vol 189 cc635-6

asked the Minister of Pensions whether, seeing that it cost £24,670 for the Special Grants Committee to deal with approximately 34,000 cases in the first 10 months of this year, and that most, if not all, the cases had previously been considered by the area war pension committees and area officers, he will consider, in the interests of economy and efficiency, the termination of the appointments of the members of the Special Grants Committee and the transfer of the powers and duties of the committee to the area war pension committees?


The suggestion made by the hon. Member was considered at length by the Departmental Committee in 1921. For the reasons given by the committee in their report, I am satisfied that the interests of economy and efficiency, which the hon. Member has in view, would not be served by the adoption of the course suggested.


Has the right hon. Gentleman power to change the membership, and does he not think that the time has come when there should be some revision?


That does not arise out of the main question.

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