HC Deb 22 June 1927 vol 207 cc1848-9

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will reconsider the decision made in the case of Mrs. Cameron, widow of the late Colonel Cameron, Royal Engineers; whether he is aware that a lieutenant's widow's pension was offered to Mrs. Cameron and was declined by her; that Mrs. Cameron was married to Colonel Cameron 30 years before his death; and that she is left with seven children, several of whom are dependent upon her?

The FINANCIAL SECRETARY to the WAR OFFICE (Commodore Douglas King)

I am aware of the facts of this case, but I regret that there are no grounds which would justify an alteration of the decision arrived at. The lady's claim is not admissible under the terms of Article 671 of the Royal Warrant for Pay.


Does not my hon. and gallant Friend think that this case, where the lady was married to an officer for 30 years, might be treated as special and outside the Regulations?

Commodore KING

It was done before the Regulations were altered, and that is why this lady has a reserved right to a lieutenant's pension. The Regulations were changed while her husband was still serving as a lieutenant.