HC Deb 28 May 1919 vol 116 cc1244-5W

asked the Pensions Minister if he is aware that Private William Thomas Lee, late No. 30330, 154th Brigade Royal Field Artillery, who enlisted on 30th June, 1915, and was discharged medically unfit 14th February, 1916, totally unable to follow any employment, was awarded a pension of 13s. 9d. for the week of 21st-28th January, 1919, and that on representation this award was extended for fourteen weeks, but at the end of nine weeks payment ceased without any explanation, and that, although the man is still unable to work, he has received no pension or any other allowance since; why the man is not in receipt of pension, and why pension has not been awarded from date of discharge; is he aware that on the death of his child the man was referred by the local committee to the Charity Organisation Society; and is he aware that the man has a wife and three little children, and that no allowances have at any time been issued for the latter, and that no bonus has at any time been paid on any pension issued to the man?


Private Lee was invalided for a disability which was held not to be due to his military service. He has been awarded a final gratuity, under Article 7 (1) of the Royal Warrant of 1918, of 13s. 9d. a week for fourteen weeks, with a further 7s. 11d. a week on account of his children. This notification to Pension Issue Office of the award of the additional 7s. 11d. a week appears to have miscarried, and inquiries are being made. The weekly allowance of 13s. 9d. has been paid for the full period of fourteen weeks, although there was an unfortunate delay in issue between the ninth and tenth weeks. No bonus is payable in respect of a non-attributable weekly allowance. I may add that Private Lee has now appealed against the decision that his disability was not due to service.