HC Deb 19 July 1923 vol 166 cc2511-2W

asked the Minister of Pensions whether, seeing that Article 1 (3) of the Royal Warrant of 1919 provides that in cases where the degree of disablement is less than 20 per cent. a gratuity or final weekly allowance may be granted to an amount not exceeding £200, he will state why a man assessed at 15 to 19 per cent., indeterminate duration, only receives £98 10s.; whether the total sum of £200 is less than the actuarial valuation of the man's disability; and whether he will issue instructions that in all cases where the assessment is 15 to 19 per cent., indeterminate duration, the sum granted as final weekly allowance, plus terminable gratuity, shall be the maximum permitted under the Royal Warrant?


I would draw the hon. Member's attention to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Nelson and Colne (Mr. A. Greenwood) on the 26th April. The hon. Member would appear to have overlooked the fact that in addition to the £98 10s. which he mentions substantial additions are made for rank and for the wife and children, within the maximum referred to. The scale of allowances payable in these cases, which was drawn up after very full consideration, affords adequate compensation for minor disabilities, and I am not prepared to amend it in the sense suggested by the hon. Member.


asked the Minister of Pensions if he is aware that from the award made in June, 1923, to William Stewart, 24, Douglas Street, Newtown, Wigan, the whole amount of a final weekly allowance awarded to him in 1920 has been deducted; and if, in view of the statement that such deductions were not being pressed, and that three years have elapsed since the award was made, he can have the amount deducted refunded to this man?


This man has received the full amount to which he is entitled from my Department, and I regret that no further payment can be made.