HC Deb 02 November 1939 vol 352 cc2105-6
78. Mr. A. Edwards

asked the Minister of Pensions whether he can now give an undertaking to workers who are offering their lives for the defence of the country that, except for any unforeseeable claims on social services, in the event of their death their relatives will not in any circumstances have to rely on charity?

The Minister of Pensions (Sir Walter Womersley)

No system of pensions has ever been framed or could, in my judgment, properly be framed which would impose upon the State a liability of so indefinite and unlimited a character as that proposed.

79. Sir Cooper Rawson

asked the Minister of Pensions whether an ex-officer of the Royal Sussex Regiment in receipt of a disability pension awarded him for life in respect of wounds received in the Great War, who accepts service under the Army Officers Emergency Reserve, will, by so doing, in any way affect his disability pension, or will his financial position be worsened in future owing to his joining the Reserve?

Sir W. Womersley

An ex-officer who is in receipt of a life award of disability retired pay on account of wounds received in the Great War will continue to receive this award under the same conditions as before if he is accepted for service in the Army Officers Emergency Reserve.

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