HC Deb 23 July 1925 vol 186 c2383
15. Mr. W. BAKER

asked the Minister of Pensions how many members of area war pensions committees have resigned since these committees were appointed under the War Pensions Act, 1921; whether the reason for resignation given by any of these ladies and gentlemen was the fact that their representations on behalf of the sufferers as the result of the War are ignored; and whether he is aware that there is acute dissatisfaction because of the failure of the Ministry to grant a full inquiry, as asked for by the majority of the committees and advisory councils?


The number of members of war pensions committees who have resigned for various reasons since their appointment is 1,117. I have not been able to trace any case in which the reason suggested by the hon. Member was given as the cause of resignation. The principal causes of resignation have been the obligations entailed by business or other engagements, ill-health, or removal from the area. I do not know on what information the suggestion made by the hon. Member in the last part of the question is based, but it is far from being confirmed by any evidence that I have been able to obtain. Nor is it the case that the majority of the war pension committees and advisory councils have supported the proposal.