HC Deb 09 November 1936 vol 317 cc519-20W

asked the Minister of Health whether he will review his decision on the claim under the Old Age Pensions Acts, 1908 to 1924, of Robert Reside, appeal No. 76,814, on the ground that any periods of absence spent in service on board a vessel registered in the United Kingdom by a person who, before his absence, was living in the United Kingdom, as provided by Section 3 (1) (d) of the Old Age Pensions Act, 1911, were not included in fixing the date for the commencement of the pension?


My decision on a claim under the Old Age Pensions Acts is, by virtue of Section 7 (2) of the Act of 1908, final and conclusive and cannot be reviewed. I may say, however, that in deciding Mr. Reside's claim one period which he spent in service upon a British ship up to the 30th March, 1921 (the date of his discharge from that vessel), was counted as a period of residence in the United Kingdom under Section 3 (2) (d) of the Act of 1911. After his discharge Mr. Reside lived in New Zealand for many years, and I am advised that the period of his service in the ship in which he returned to England in 1932 cannot be counted as a period of residence within the meaning of the Section mentioned.