HC Deb 10 October 1944 vol 403 cc1561-2
43. Lieut.-Commander Hutchison

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the announced procedure for granting licences to disabled ex-Service men for the opening of shops applies to all disabled ex-Service men or whether it is restricted to those who have suffered their disabilities as the result of their service in the Forces during the present war.

Mr. Dalton

The latter, Sir. But any application made by a disabled ex-Service man of the last war will have sympathetic consideration.

Mr. John Dugdale

Will this also apply to men invalided out of the Forces?

Mr. Dalton

Yes, Sir.

Mr. Stephen

And to those disabled in Civil Defence?

Mr. Dalton

I hope my hon. Friend will put that question down.

Lieut.-Commander Hutchison

Will this also apply to men disabled in the minor wars between the two great wars?

Mr. Dalton

No, Sir. We are primarily dealing with this war, and the representations made to me have been on behalf of men disabled in this war. The more we travel in the direction of bringing in other categories, the less priority can be given to men disabled in this war. I think we had better leave the thing as it is.