HC Deb 19 July 1916 vol 84 cc1025-6W

asked the Secretary of State for War under what circumstances the pension of No. 2,675, Private John Evans, late Welsh Regiment, has been reduced from 25s. per week to 10s. 6d. per week; and will he say if 25s. per week is the usual allowance for a man who has lost his left leg so high up that he cannot obtain from the Labour Exchange or elsewhere even light employment?


This man was discharged on 24th April last after one year 161 days' service as medically unfit in con- sequence of gunshot wound of left leg, necessitating amputation just below the knee. He was provided before discharge with an artificial leg which was passed as efficient by the consulting surgeons at Roehampton House. In accordance with their usual practice, the Commissioners of Chelsea Hospital awarded him a pension of 25s. a week for two months to enable him to get used to the limb and look round for work, and his pension was then made permanent at 10s. 6d. a week, the rate fixed by Chelsea in the case of a private for amputation of a leg below the knee. The pension is fixed with regard to earning capacity in the general labour market.