HC Deb 01 May 1919 vol 115 cc361-2W

asked the Pensions Minister if he is aware that the West Riding War Pensions Committee have 150 men suffer- ing from rheumatism undergoing treatment at the Royal Baths, Harrogate; that the men are billeted in houses in the town and that there is discontent amongst them owing to the fact that they are not treated as in-patients of an institution; and, in view of the fact that the Ministry have neglected to provide an institution or hostel at Harrogate and the approach of the season, which will make it difficult to provide accommodation and training for this class of case, he will arrange that these men in the matter of allowances shall be treated as though in an institution?


Difficulty has been experienced in obtaining suitable accommodation, but negotiations are proceeding for the purchase of certain premises for the housing of the men. With regard to the last part of the question, if the men have been recommended for in-patient treatment but have to be boarded out for lack of accommodation, they are treated on precisely the same terms as in-patients. Otherwise they are given full treatment allowances but pay 17s. 6d. a week instead of 7s. for their maintenance.