§ Mr. STEEL-MAITLAND
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that Sergeant Joseph Hodges, who enlisted in 1858 and was discharged after serving honourably for ten years and sixty-six days, was, on his application at the age of sixty-five, refused a pension; that this refusal was made on the ground that he had not received the requisite marks of good conduct, but that it was stated on his discharge certificate that he would have been awarded the two good-conduct badges required by the Regulations had he not been promoted; and whether, therefore, he will take steps to secure the grant of this man's pension?
§ Mr. HALDANE
Sergeant Hodges is not eligible under the Regulations either for a deferred pension or a special campaign pension, and the Commissioners of Chelsea Hospital have no power to make any award. The statement that he was refused a pension on the ground that he had not received the requisite marks of good conduct is inaccurate.