57. Mr. Jenkins
asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that the application for a pension of Mrs. Mary Ann Jones, of 12, Staffordshire Row, Blaenavon, Monmouthshire, has been refused on the grounds that school records and age recorded at two marriages are more acceptable than a copy of the birth certificate which has been produced; and whether he proposes to take any action to grant the pension on the evidence of the birth certificate?
§ Mr. Elliot
The age given in the school records and the two marriage certificates to which the hon. Member refers was supported by that given in the 1881 Census, and the cumulative evidence from these several sources was regarded as out-weighing that of the birth certificate produced. Mrs. Jones' appeal against the decision of my Department was dismissed by the referees, and their decision is final and conclusive, but I should be prepared to ask them to reconsider their decision if any new facts relating to the case are brought to my notice.
Is it not an extraordinary fact that the Ministry have refused to grant a pension on the evidence of the birth certificate, which has been produced? The Ministry have collected lots of other evidence which is not as important as the birth certificate and has no statutory importance.
I beg to give notice that in view of the unsatisfactory answer I shall raise the matter at the first opportunity.