HC Deb 23 July 1919 vol 118 cc1385-6W

asked the Pensions Minister whether he is aware that A. Campbell, late Sapper, Royal Engineers, No. 175786, was demobilised in January last and has made an application for a pen- sion, but nothing has been awarded to him; whether the medical officer of the Poor Law guardians, Houghton-le-Spring Union, has reported that this man is suffering from the effects of a wound in the head, has a wife and four children, and is not fit for work at present; whether at the guardians' meeting on 3rd July he was granted £3 a week for four weeks; whether he will have immediate inquiry made to ascertain whether this man is entitled to a pension; and, if so, why there has been delay in his case?


On demobilisation Mr. Campbell was given an opportunity of claiming a disablement pension, but signed his Army Form Z 22 to the effect that he did not claim to be suffering from a disability due to military service. Consequently his official documents were not forwarded for consideration of his claim to pension, but were retained at the Record Office. His documents have now been obtained, however, but there is no history of a wound in his medical papers. Instructions have been given for his examination by a medical board, and in the meantime the local War Pensions Committee have been authorised to make recoverable advances on the medical referee's ortificate.