HC Deb 24 June 1924 vol 175 cc261-2W

asked the Minister of Pensions if he is aware that no award of allowance has been granted to Mrs. Forrest, 15, Morton Place, Kilmarnock, for a child born within 280 days after the date of her husband's final discharge from the Army, the reason given being that the pensioner was transferred to Class P of the Army Reserve more than 280 days from the birth of his child; and if he will now take steps to make provision for an allowance to be made on behalf of children of pensioners born within 280 days from the date of parent's final discharge, and not, as at present, from the date of transfer to some class of the Army Reserve?


It has always been a principle of the Royal Pension Warrants that the State's liability in respect of the family responsibilities of a disabled officer or man is limited by reference to the position obtaining at the date on which he ceased to render effective military service. My right hon. Friend regrets, therefore, that he cannot see his way to recommend an amendment of the Royal Warrant in the direction suggested.