HC Deb 28 June 1928 vol 219 cc714-5W

asked the Minister of Pensions if he is taking any action to bring to the notice of ex-service men the provision of Section 5 of the War Pensions Act, 1921, by which claims for pensions cannot be entertained after 31st August next?


I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply given on the 12th instant to the hon. Member for Elland (Mr. Robinson), of which I am sending him a copy. I may add that I took steps to give general publicity in the Press to the effect of the answer referred to.


asked the Minister of Pensions, for the latest convenient date, the number of pensioners in receipt of conditional pensions; the number in receipt of life pensions; the number in receipt of final weekly allowances; and the number of pensions in issue for widows, parents (both dependant and need pensions), and other dependants?


The timber of pensioners required were at the 31st March last as follow:—

Officers, nurses and other ranks in receipt of—
conditional pensions 158,000
life pensions 350,000
final weekly allowances 7,000
Widows of officers and other ranks 146,000
Dependants of officers, nurses and other ranks:
Parents 317,000
Other dependants 23,000

In addition there were 589,000 allowances in issue, payable with pension, in respect of wives and children, making a total of 1,590,000 beneficiaries.