HC Deb 20 February 1941 vol 369 cc268-9
29. Mr. Rhys Davies

asked the Minister of Pensions the number of claims received by his Department for pensions and allowances from civilians injured by enemy action and the number of persons covered by such claims?

The Minister of Pensions (Sir Walter Womersley)

Up to 1st February, 1941, 42,319 claims for injury allowances had been recorded from Civil Defence volunteers and other civilians. By the same date 5,483 claims for pensions had been received, the bulk of which were preferred by widows. The number of dependants, beside the actual claimants covered by these figures, cannot be stated.

Mr. Davies

Can the right hon. Gentleman state how many of those claims have been rejected?

Sir W. Womersley

No, Sir, because many of them are still under consideration, but the vast majority have been accepted and payments have been made.