§ Mr. JOYCE
asked the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been called to the case of Robert Healy, who was a private in the 2nd Battalion East Lancashire Regiment, regimental No. 9,026, B company, who was invalided from the Army as being medically unfit, after serving four years and 214 days, of which two years and 160 days were spent in India, where he contracted pulmonary tuberculosis; is he aware that this soldier has been an inmate of the union hospital at Limerick since October, 1911, after his discharge 817W charge from Netley Hospital, in April, 1911, as unfit for further service, on a pension of 7d. per day for one year; and whether, taking all the circumstances of his case into account, something will be done to help him by an extension of the pension?
The medical board on whose report Private Healy was invalided from the service were of opinion that his disability, tuberculosis of the lung, was not the result of his Army service, and this view was confirmed by the Director-General, Army Medical Service. In these circumstances the temporary pension of 7d. a day for twelve months, which has been awarded to him by the Commissioners of Chelsea Hospital is the maximum for which he is eligible under the Regulations, and I regret, therefore, that it is not possible to grant him any further pension.