HC Deb 05 April 1928 vol 215 cc2119-20

asked the Minister of Pensions if he is aware that Mrs. Campbell, Ferguslie Walk, Paisley, has applied for a pension, and been refused, for her step-sons killed in the late War; that a pension was allocated to the father who is now deceased; that the three lads when working supported both father and step-mother; and if, in view of the fact that the woman is left without means of any kind, he will have the claim reconsidered?

The MINISTER of PENSIONS (Major Tryon)

Mrs. Campbell's step-sons were all earning ages when she married their father, and there is no power under the Royal Warrant to treat her as a natural parent for pension purposes. She was, however, recognised as a dependant of the two step-sons who made allotments in her favour, and gratuities amounting to £72 16s. were paid to her in 1919 in respect of the deaths of these step-sons. This is the maximum grant for which she would have been eligible even if her husband had not received a pension, and, as I have already informed the hon. Member, I have no power to transfer that pension to her.