§ 1. Colonel BALDWIN-WEBB
asked the Minister of Labour if the disability pensions of ex-service men will be taken into account in the means test to be applied to applicants for transitional benefit?
§ 10. Mr. DENVILLE
asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that on the North-East coast disability pensions are being taken into consideration in the means test for transitional benefit; and if he will take steps to put an end to this practice?
§ 30. Mr. JOHN WALLACE
asked the Minister of Labour whether, when a disabled ex-service man applies for transitional benefit and is subjected to the means test, the amount he receives as pension is regarded as part of his means?
§ The MINISTER of LABOUR (Sir Henry Betterton)
In reply, I would refer my hon. Friends to the answer which I gave to a number of questions on this subject on Thursday last, 19th November.
§ Sir H. BETTERTON
I gave a very full answer to questions on this subject last week to which I have nothing to 474 add. We shall have a Debate on these questions this afternoon in which no doubt the hon. Member will be able to take part.
§ Mr. WALLACE
Is there any discretionary power left in the hands of public assistance committees to deal with these cases?
§ Captain FRASER
Will the right hon. Gentleman invite, or better still, persuade or force these public assistance committees to have regard to the principle that the need of these disabled men is greater than the need of ordinary men, and that the best measure of their need is the pension which they are receiving?
§ Mr. HARRIS
Does not the right hon. Gentleman realise the importance of there being some uniformity of action between the various committees?
§ Sir H. BETTERTON
I have neither the power nor the desire to attempt to enforce uniformity upon public assistance committees. It is a matter for them, and they must use their own judgment.