§ Mr. Groves
asked the Minister of Health whether he will inquire into the circumstances attending the fact that Mr. C. F. Mott, 63, Hatfield Road, Stratford, E.15, Pension Book No. 20437654, has for 24 weeks been without payment of his pension?
§ Mr. Elliot
As a consequence of Mr. Mott having understated his age to his approved society, disablement benefit was erroneously paid to him for a period subsequent to the date—8th June, 1939— from which his old age pension began to accrue. His old age pension was paid to him in the first instance with effect from 23rd November, 1939, the arrears for the preceding 24 weeks being temporarily withheld pending settlement of the society's claim for recovery from Mr. Mott's pension of the disablement benefit so paid. A remittance for the balance of pension due for this period, after satisfaction of the society's claim, was forwarded to Mr. Mott on 1st December, 1939.