asked the Secretary of State for War whether there are any regulations under which hard cases in the rates of pensions awarded to men on completion of twenty-one years' service can be reviewed to enable the spirit if not the letter of the Pay Warrant to be kept; and, if so, will he consider the case of ex-Colour-Sergeant J. T. Fairless, No. 2045, Northumberland Fusiliers, who was discharged to pension of 2s. per diem on 7th February, 1909, with service as a sergeant of nine years less one day, and 645W who, for lack of this one day's service, loses 3d. per diem for the rest of his life?
§ Mr. FORSTER
Service pensions must naturally depend upon length of service, and there are no regulations under which pensions can be given when the length of service laid down by Royal Warrant has not been given. I am afraid the difficulty is inherent in the subject matter, just as one day may make an appreciable difference in a life insurance premium.