§ Mr. HOGGE
asked the Pensions Minister whether his attention has been called to the case of James Price, discharged soldier, of 3, Bromley Street, Wolverhampton, in receipt of a pension of 10s. 6d. a week; whether he is aware that on the 25th October the man's wife went to the pension office at Wolverhampton, on account of her husband's illness, and was informed that nothing could be done until her husband had been examined by 603W a doctor; whether he is aware that as the man and his wife were in absolute want he had to rise from his sick bed and go and see both the committee and the doctor; that the first payment by the local war pensions committee was not made until the 30th, five days after the first application, and that the man subsequently died; and, seeing that the jury, in returning a verdict of death from natural causes, protested against the system instituted by the Pensions Ministry, at present in vogue, whether he will so arrange a system of immediate relief as will prevent men who have fought for their country from ending their days in such circumstances?
§ Mr. HODGE
My attention has not been drawn to this case, and, in the absence of particulars of the man's regiment and number, it is not possible to find his papers on such short notice. I have, however, telegraphed to the Wolverhampton local committee, and, on receipt of their reply, will communicate with the hon. Member.