§ Mr. EGAN
asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that much dissatisfaction has been caused by the recovery, from subsequent issues of pensions, of overpayments made in the past in respect of treatment allowances by war pensions committees or of pension by the Ministry of Pensions itself; and what steps he is taking in the matter?
My right hon. Friend has recently had this matter under review and, while he cannot agree to any modification of the practice of recovery of over-issues where they arise as a result1158W of fraud or misrepresentation, I am glad to be able to inform my hon. Friend that recovery of overissues of pension or treatment allowance will in future be waived in all other cases where it is found that the recipient could not reasonably have been aware that he was being overpaid or where recovery would be inequitable.