HC Deb 07 December 1948 vol 459 cc260-1
35. Mr. Symonds

asked the Secretary of State for War how many disability pensions are administered direct by his Department.

Mr. Shinwell

About 7,500. In addition there are some 4,500 awards to former members of local contingents raised overseas.

36. Mr. Symonds

asked the Secretary of State for War what steps he has taken or proposes to take to ensure that all disability pensioners for whom his Department is responsible are made aware of all the allowances and services to which they may now be entitled.

Mr. Shinwell

Whenever a case is reviewed, admissible allowances are given without application, and the attention of the pensioner is called to any apparent entitlements. In addition, circulars have been issued to pensioners in certain cases. I am considering the issue of a comprehensive pamphlet similar to that now being issued by the Ministry of Pensions.

Mr. Symonds

In order to make sure that these men or women 'get whatever personal advice and help they need, would my right hon. Friend consider asking the Minister of Pensions to put the services of his welfare officers at their disposal?

Mr. Shinwell

I will look into that.