HC Deb 03 July 1919 vol 117 c1197W

asked the Pensions Minister whether his attention has been drawn to the case of John Sinclair, Kilbirnie Close, Denny, whose eldest son was killed in action on 31st October, 1914, and who receives only 5s. 6d. per week as a pension, though he has been unable to follow his old occupation for a number of years and is, accordingly, dependent on the earnings of his two remaining sons; and whether he will advise a larger sum than 5s. 6d. to be paid to him?


The circumstances of this case do not justify the award of a. higher pension. In determining pecuniary need for the award of pension under Article 21 (1,b) of the Royal Warrant, the ability of other members of the family to contribute to the parents' support must be taken into consideration, and in the present case the two remaining sons are able to contribute and are, in fact, contributing, substantially to their faither's maintenance.