HC Deb 03 August 1943 vol 391 cc2073-4
33. Mr. Ivor Thomas

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will give directions that special campaign pensions be paid irrespective of means?

Sir J. Grigg

These pensions are in the nature of compassionate awards. Only ex-Regular soldiers with medals won before 1931, who have reached the age of sixty-five and do not draw a service pension, are eligible to be considered for the award. I do not consider it desirable to change the fundamental condition of this obsolescent class of pension.

Mr. Thomas

Does not the right hon. Gentleman think that these old veterans deserve better of their country?

Sir J. Grigg

That does not seem to me to be relevant. These old veterans qualified under a scheme, and they are now an obsolescent class. People who have served in modern wars are cared for otherwise. I do not think it desirable to change the system.