HC Deb 18 April 1910 vol 16 cc1847-8W

asked the Secretary for War whether, in view of the fact that hundreds of ex-soldiers cannot find employment in this country he will consider the advisability of granting to Army pensioners a lump sum in lieu of their pensions, to enable them to emigrate and to give them a start to earn a livelihood in another part of the Empire?


The experience of the past has shown that the commutation of small pensions is rarely to the pensioners' advantage, and it is not proposed to extend the present regulations under which the Commissioners of Chelsea Hospital may recommend the commutation of any part in excess of 1s. a day when they are satisfied that the applicant is of good health and that the commutation is likely to be of distinct and permanent benefit to him?