§ Mr. A. Edwards
asked the Prime Minister if he is aware that institutions such as the Star and Garter, which assist men wounded in the last war, are urgently in need of funds; that a flag day was recently organised to help the dependants of men wounded in the present war; that a large section of the community feel that the welfare of such sufferers should not be dependent, even partially, upon charitable appeals; and will he give an assurance 1147W that adequate provision will be made for all such persons at the cost of the Exchequer?
§ Sir W. Womersley
I have been asked to reply. While the schemes of compensation for war disablement administered by my Department make full provision for such liabilities as the State can reasonably accept, I gladly acknowledge voluntary agencies have done much good work in individual cases in meeting special circumstances such as could not be covered by a general authority applicable to all cases. It would in my view be regrettable if this method of providing additional benefits in exceptional cases were discouraged.