§ Mr. HOUSTON
asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether he is aware that ex-Private W. Bent, No. 1658, 1st Dock Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment, was injured in an accident on 11th June, 1917, while in the Service, and was discharged from the Army on 12th July, 1918; that as a result of his injuries ho has had to give up his former occupation and is now unable to work regularly, and that owing to his incapacity his average weekly earnings have been reduced since his discharge from £1 18s. to less than half that amount; that last year he was awarded a pension of 14s. 9d. per week for twelve months up to 13th July next, which was subsequently reduced to 13s. 11d. per week, but that up to the present time he has received no payments of this pension, the amount now due to him being over £30; and will he take steps to have this man's pension paid to him without further delay?
§ Mr. FORSTER
Instructions have already been issued for arrears of compensation due to this man to be paid, and the question of commuting further payments for a lump sum is under consideration.