HC Deb 15 November 1920 vol 134 cc1526-7W

asked the Minister of Pensions if he is aware that recently a list was published of persons who were held by the Treasury Warrant to attest for life certificates; that pensioners are often put to inconvenience owing to the fact that they are often unable to get their life certificates signed by the class of person mentioned on the list; that in a number of cases the members of the borough council and the war pensions committee are more accessible to the family circumstances of the pensioners than those persons shown on the list; that a number of local war pensions committees have passed resolutions in favour of including in the lists aldermen, councillors, and members of the war pensions committee; and if he will take action in the matter?


The list of persons authorised to attest life certificates recently published by my Department comprises some twenty different classes, including officials of local committees, head teachers of schools, clergymen, doctors, employers, postmasters, and certain police officers. My right hon. Friend does not consider that any real inconvenience can arise when such a wide selection is available, and ho is not prepared to recommend any extension of the existing Treasury Warrant.