§ Mr. ORMSBY - GORE
asked the Minister of Pensions whether the cause of many cases of delay in the payment of pensions awarded by regional directors is due to the present system of centralised issue administrations; and whether he will abolish the central issue office and allow regional directors who authorise the pensions to pay the pension, thereby avoiding delay, correspondence, and saving the cost of the central staff of the issue office?
§ Major TRYON
The existing arrangements for the issue of pension have for some time past been receiving the close attention of my right hon. Friend, and, as he has already announced, it is his intention to effect some measure of de-centralisation at an early date. The matter as a whole, however, is one that involves substantial difficulties towards the solution of which my right hon. Friend intends to ask the assistance of the Departmental Committee which he is now appointing.