HC Deb 04 August 1922 vol 157 c1904W
Sir W. de FRECE

asked the Minister of Pensions what is the number of missing soldiers to whose dependants any pension or allowance has been refused on the ground that the said soldiers are, rightly or wrongly, officially classed as deserters?


Until a man's death has been established or officially presumed by the Service Department concerned, no claim to widow's or dependant's pension arises under the Royal Pension Warrants.


asked the Minister of Pensions whether he has arrived at a decision for dealing with the case of pensions for widows of ex-service men who died more than seven years after their discharge from the Army, and whose death is alleged to be owing to War service?


This question was dealt with at some length on the Motion for the Second Beading of the Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill on the 2nd instant, and I have nothing to add to the statement then made by my hon. and gallant Friend the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry.