§ Mr. PERKINS
asked the Minister of Pensions if he will have inquiries made into the case of Mrs. Stryde, of Ring-wood, Hants, widow of the late Gunner Sidney Arthur Stryde, No. 75,767, Royal Garrison Artillery, who died of wounds on the 24th April, 1918; whether Mrs. Stryde has applied for an alternative pension before the 7th March, 1919; whether it was granted under reference number A.P.W. 23,859, and subsequently stopped and reduced at the rate of 4s. a week; whether an application was made for reconsideration, and Mrs. Stryde was informed that it was hoped to reply in a few days; whether, in spite of the fact that months have now passed, no reply has been received; and whether he can now say what decision has been come to?
§ Sir J. CRAIG
I regret that there has been so much delay in the settlement of this case. The original award, which was provisional only, was based on information as to the husband's pro-War earnings, which proved, on enquiry, to be incorrect. The award was accordingly cancelled, and recovery of the overpayment was directed to be made at the rate of 4s. a week. The amended particulars of the pre-war earnings are found to justify the award of an alternative pension of £1 2s. a week as from November, 1918, and steps will be taken to put this award into payment forthwith.