HC Deb 09 December 1929 vol 233 cc26-8
40. Major COHEN

asked the Minister' of Pensions, whether he will inform the House when the Central Advisory Committee, established under Section 3 of the War Pensions Act, 1921, last met; the names of the members of the committee and whether this committee was consulted by him in connection with the scheme recently announced regarding the method by which claims submitted by officers and men outside the seven years' time limit would be dealt with?


I understand that the committee last met in November, 1927. The committee consists of 22 persons, and, in order to economise the time of the House, I propose to print the names of the members with the OFFICIAL REPORT. The answer to the last part of the question is in the negative. The arrangements in question were considered in the first instance and determined by the Government itself before announcement to this House.


Seeing that the members of the committee were mostly members of the local War Pensions Committee, and that they have to run the scheme suggested by the Minister, does the right hon. Gentleman not think that, it would have been right and courteous to have first consulted them?


I am afraid that I cannot add anything to the answer that I have already given.


Is it not the case that this committee never met when the right hon. Gentleman was in office in 1924 or this year?


I can assure the House that, the committee will meet whenever it is necessary.

Following are the names of the members:


List of Members.

I. Non-Official.

(A) Representatives of War Pensions Committees:—

(B)Representatives of Ex-service Men (two vacancies):

II. Official Members.

* Appointed on recommendation of British Legion.