HC Deb 19 July 1923 vol 166 cc2512-3W

asked the Minister of Pensions if he is aware of the discontent amongst ex-service men caused by the fact that where these men are awaiting a board and they are in need the war pensions committee refuse to make them any grant from the Red Cross Fund if they consider the man's disability to be less than 20 per cent.; and if he will have this matter inquired into and, where need is proved under these circumstances, grants made from this fund to these men whatever may be the degree of disablement?


The funds referred to belong to and are under the sole control of the British Red Cross Society. Their object is to assist in cases where the man has no entitlement to pension but has lodged a claim or appeal which is under consideration. My Department has no authority over this fund, although assistance is given by the local Offices of the Ministry in bringing suitable cases to the notice of the Red Cross Society as requested by that body.