HC Deb 16 June 1927 vol 207 cc1195-6W

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether arrangements have yet been made to remove the inconvenience caused to old age pensioners by the need of having the signature in the book of vouchers witnessed by a minister of religion or a doctor?


The answer is in the affirmative.


asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that Claim No. Z. 172,010/26 for a widow's pension, made by Mrs. L. E. Vaughan, widow of the late Mr. A. E. Vaughan, formerly a clerk at Brixton Prison and a voluntary contributor, who served four years in the Great War and on demobilisation held the rank of regimental sergeant-major in the Royal Field Artillery, has been refused on the grounds that Vaughan had not paid 104 contributions; and whether he will waive this condition in view of Vaughan's five years of war service?


I find that the facts are as stated in the first part of the question: as regards the second part, I have no power to waive any of the requirements of the Act. The claimant has, however, exercised her right of appeal and the final decision on her claim now rests with the referees appointed under the Act.