§ 56. Mr. JOHNSTON
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware that the old age pension of Mrs. Isabella Clark, 6, Glamis Street, Dundee, has been stopped for the past nine weeks; that she is 83 years of age and that her sole income is 5s. weekly 1251 from the pariah council; that a claim for renewal was lodged two months ago; and that letters of inquiry from a local Justice of the Peace and the clerk to the local pension committee to the Scottish Board of Health have remained unanswered; and what steps he proposes to take in the matter?
§ The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for SCOTLAND (Major Elliot)
I am aware of the circumstances referred to by the hon. Member, and regret the delay which has taken place, owing to the complicated nature of this case. I understand that pension has been granted as from 21st January, and that notice of the award has now been sent to Mrs. Clark. I am, however, writing the hon. Member more fully on the subject.
§ Mr. JOHNSTON
While thanking the hon. and gallant Gentleman for his answer, may I ask him if he has any reason to believe that it is a common practice in his Department that letters on these subjects should remain unanswered for six weeks at a time?
§ Major ELLIOT
The Department is actually proceeding with these inquiries, but it is a matter of policy during the present rush time to reduce mere acknowlegment correspondence as far as possible.