HC Deb 05 October 1938 vol 339 c329
39. Sir Cooper Rawson

asked the Minister of Pensions whether he will agree to an independent inquiry, free of cost, in the case of Mrs. Gladys Richard, of Hove, widow of the late W. R. Richard, who has been refused a pension on the grounds that their marriage took place after the contraction of the disease alleged by the Ministry to have caused the death of her husband, who was an officer in the Royal Scots, was gassed and twice wounded in the war and was invalided out in 1919, was refused an award for tuberculosis in 1927, but three years later was granted an award of 100 per cent. in view of the delay by the Ministry in discovering the injury to Mr. Richard's head?

The Minister of Pensions (Mr. Ramsbotham)

I am making further inquiries into this case, having regard to the detailed representations which my hon. Friend has addressed to me since he put down his question, and I will communicate the result as early as possible.