HC Deb 05 July 1926 vol 197 cc1607-8
45. Viscount SANDON

asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider establishing a pensionable grade covering post-War cases in the three services where illness involving retirement is shown to be aggravated by service, on analogous lines to that existing under Ministry of Pensions' warrants which provide for a smaller annuity than in attributable cases; and will he cause an estimate to be made of the annual cost of such a proposal for each of the three Departments?


My Noble Friend is under a misapprehension in thinking that under Ministry of Pensions regulations there is a special scale for "aggravated" cases which is lower than that for "attributable" cases. The conditions of recruitment for the post-War Forces differ considerably from those applying during the War; and I am satisfied that under the existing practice of the Departments all cases are regarded as attributable that can properly be so regarded, and that there is no sufficient justification for providing a special scale in the post-War regulations for cases of aggravation. No statistics are immediately available for an estimate such as is referred to in the second part of the question.

Viscount SANDON

Is it not a fact that in effect aggravated cases are covered by the Ministry of Pensions, but are not covered in the case of post-War service?