HC Deb 20 April 1937 vol 322 cc1581-2
47. Mr. Smedley Crooke

asked the Lord President of the Council whether his attention has been drawn to the disappointment felt by the women's section of the British Legion that no seats to view the Coronation procession have been allotted to them; and whether, in view of this and the national importance of this section of the community comprising, as it does, the widows, wives, mothers, orphans, and dependants of those who served and died for their country, he will take steps to remedy this grievance?

The Lord President of the Council (Mr. Ramsay MacDonald)

The hon. Member appears to be misinformed as to the position. Allocation of seats have been made both to the widows and mothers of officers and men who fell in action or died of war service while in His Majesty's Forces, and also to the Women's Section of the British Legion and to the Women's Section of the British Legion, Scotland. An announcement recently appeared in the Press giving information to widows and mothers of officers and men desiring to apply. I can assure my hon. Friend that we are doing everything that is practicable to provide these seats. I cannot add anything further in answer to the question; but if the hon. Member has any further suggestions to make, I should be very glad if he would be good enough to communicate with me.

57. Mr. Emery

asked the Minister of Pensions whether, in view of the special Coronation grants which are to be made to the registered unemployed, he will arrange for a similar award to be given to the war-disabled men who are not registered for employment owing to their inability to work in normal industry?

The Minister of Pensions (Mr. Ramsbotham)

I have no power under the Pensions Warrants or Statutes to authorise the grants suggested by my hon. Friend.

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