§ Mr. ROWLANDS
asked the Pensions Minister whether he is aware that in many cases the extra allowance for children under the new Warrant has not yet been paid; and, as many of the people are in want of the money, can he say whether the whole of the cases will be dealt with at an early date?
§ Mr. HODGE
The payment of children's allowances is made by means of allowance books, which date from the award of pension, and are renewed every quarter. The question of immediately recalling these books and reissuing them to meet the conditions of the new Warrant was considered, but the administrative difficulties involved was found to be such as to make that method impracticable. It has, therefore, been decided to allow the books now outstanding to run their natural course, and then to re-issue at the new rates, with arrears from 1st May. The revisions will thus take place at the rate of380W some thousands daily until the end of July, when the last of the payments at the old rates will have been made.