§ 52. Mr. T. COOK
asked the Minister of Pensions whether, in view of the dissatisfaction amongst the ex-service community regarding Form M.P.W. 31, which is issued to the widows of ex-service men in connection with their claims to pension, and of the confusion in the minds of war widows as to their right of appeal to an independent tribunal in certain cases, he will arrange that some notification is included on the claim forms which will clearly indicate to the widow what right of independent appeal is open to her?
§ The Minister of PENSIONS (Major Tryon)
The purpose of the form in question is to enable the claimant to indicate the grounds on which she considers herself entitled to pension. Like all other claim forms, it has never contained any reference to appeal. If the claim is one which carries a right of appeal against its rejection, the widow is clearly notified of that right at the time of rejection.