20. Mr. PRICE
asked the Minister of Pensions if he will delete questions 12 to 18 inclusive from Form M.P.I.F. 27 in all cases where the pensioner is not in receipt of family allowances; whether his attention has been drawn to the objections pensioners have to the questions on the form; and if he will consult with the British Legion or some organisation representing pensioners with a view to modifying the questions?
§ The MINISTER of PENSIONS (Major Tryon)
The object of the form referred to is to secure the identification of pensioners. Inquiry for this purpose, which is made of a percentage of pensioners annually, was instituted to meet the ex press requirements of the Public Accounts Committee of this House, to protect the Exchequer against personation. The answers to questions 11 to 18 inclusive, in common with the answers to other 796 questions on the form, serve a necessary purpose in this connection, and I regret that I cannot agree to their omission.