The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of PENSIONS (Lieut.-Colonel Stanley)
The answer to the first part of the question is in the negative, and the second part does not, therefore, arise.
§ Mr. FENBY
Does not the Parliamentary Secretary think it unjust and unfair that a man who has given his mind for his country in the War, and who is 2440 £ 100 in credit, should be deprived of any accumulated interest if he recovers his mental balance, or that his next-of-kin should be deprived of it if he dies: and will the hon. and gallant Gentleman take steps to see that this is put right?
§ Major CRAWFURD
Will the same principles apply in cases where retrospective awards are made, which often go as far back as 10 or 12 months?
The second supplementary question does not arise out of the question on the Paper. It is not the policy of the State to allow interest on any payments paid by it, and that applies to all Departments. In such a case as is now referred to, the money is held while the man is in hospital—unless, as is generally the case, he wishes to allot it to his wife and family—so that he may have a nest-egg to assist him to tide over any time that may elapse before he gets employment.