HC Deb 19 February 1941 vol 369 cc171-2W
Mr. Muff

asked the Minister of Pensions what compensation is to be given to the parents of James Coulman of Hull, a steward's boy, who was drowned by enemy action on the 28th November, 1940?

Sir W. Womersley:

It has not been possible in the time available to obtain the papers which relate to this case from our office in the North. I will, however, look into it and write to the hon. Member as soon as possible.

Sir C. Rawson

asked the Minister of Pensions if an officer's pension can be granted to the widow and children of No. 741009, Sergeant-Pilot Richard Burls Barr, of No. 500 squadron, who at the time of his death had been recommended very highly by his wing-commander for a commission, as the delays which occurred in getting the document through were due to enemy action; and is it possible, therefore, not to adhere too closely to technicalities in a case of this kind?

Sir W. Womersley:

I have no power, under the provisions of the Air Force War Pensions Order, to grant pension at a higher rate than that appropriate to the rank held by the deceased man at the time of his death.