HC Deb 01 May 1919 vol 115 cc362-3W

asked the Pensions Minister whether he is aware that Private H. Crossley, late ⅗th West Riding Regiment, of Elland Lane, Elland, lodgéd an appeal for a pension on 29th November, 1917;that his papers were not returned to the West Riding War Pensions Committee until 21st March, 1918;that such Committee recommended Crossley for a pension and, though such recommendation was sent to the Ministry early in May, 1918, it was not until 25th March, 1919, after repeated reminders, that the decision was sent from the Ministry that his disability was not due to service; and whether he will reconsider such decision, in view of the fact that on the same day that it was given the man died and left a wife and four children totally unprovided for, and also that the opinion of the medical referee was very definite that Crossley's disability was due to his Army service?


I regret the delay which took place in hearing this appeal. It was due to causes which I hope have now been removed. I cannot reverse the decision of the Appeals Tribunal, who, with all the evidence before them, were unanimously of the opinion that Private Crossley's disability was neither caused nor aggravated by his military service.