§ Mr. NEWBOLD
asked the Minister of Pensions on what grounds a service pension has been refused to Henry Weaver, late private, No. 8,534, Lancashire Fusiliers, who was discharged as physically unfit for service, 10th August, 1916, after 15 years with the colours; and why, in view of Article 1,163 of the Royal Warrant of 1914, a discharged soldier is deprived of pension for service on the plea that he is in receipt of a temporary disablement pension assessed at over 20 per cent.?
§ Captain CRAIG
This man has not sufficient qualifying service to entitle him to a pension based solely on service. Awards under Article 1,163 of the Royal Warrant of 1914 are granted in respect of disablement and service combined, and so long as disablement remains at 20 per cent. or over, an award under the Great War Warrant of 1919, such as this man is at present receiving, is more to his advantage.