HC Deb 23 November 1939 vol 353 cc1449-50W
Mr. Isaacs

asked the Minister of Pensions whether his attention has been drawn to the case of ex-Private Gordon Henry Sands, No. 52748, Durham Light Infantry, also Army Cyclists Corps in 1919, whose disability pension was stopped in 1923; whether he is aware that recently the man was refused employment in Woolwich Arsenal on the ground that he was unfit owing to his leg wound; and whether he will take the necessary steps to restore the pension?

Sir W. Womersley

I am calling for a report on this case and will communicate with the hon. Member as soon as possible.

Mr. T. Williams

asked the Minister of Pensions the proposed frequency of meetings of the Central Advisory Council; and whether an early announcement may be expected in regard to the pensions and allowances for children of members of His Majesty's Forces, deceased or disabled in consequence of the present war?

Sir W. Womersley

Meetings of the Central Advisory Committee are taking place at weekly intervals. With regard to the latter part of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for the Mile End Division of Stepney (Mr. Frankel) to-day.

Colonel Burton

asked the Minister of Pensions whether, in view of the increased cost of living, the Government are now prepared to revise the amounts paid to ex-service men and or their dependants?

Sir W. Womersley

I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the answer given by me to the hon. Member for the Romford-Division of Essex (Mr. Parker) on 7th instant, of which I am sending him a copy.

Mr. Lunn

asked the Minister of Pensions whether the parents of a soldier who is killed in the present war will be given a pension; what are the conditions attached to it; the amount they will get; and in what circumstances is it subject to a means test?

Sir W. Womersley

Pensions are available to the parents of soldiers killed in the present war subject to the various conditions laid down in Article 49 of the Royal Warrant. As these are somewhat lengthy, I am sending the hon. Member a copy of the whole Article.

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