§ Winģ-Commander Robinson
asked the Minister of Pensions whether he will reconsider his decision in the case of Mr. A. R. Taylor, of 4, Linfield Terrace, Blackpool, and grant him a pension, in view of the fact that an X-ray of his chest shows a number of pieces of shrapnel still there following his last war injuries, and that his doctor is convinced that the presence of this shrapnel is directly causing a general deterioration of his health.
My right hon. Friend is arranging for further medical examination of this man and he will write to my hon. and gallant Friend.
§ Major Lyons
asked the Minister of Pensions what arrangements he has made and who is responsible for the supervision and welfare of boys and girls rendered orphans by enemy action; and how far special arrangements have been made for continuous supervision of their welfare by his Department.
The War Orphans Act, 1942, places upon my right hon. Friend the responsibility for making provision for war orphans who are suffering from neglect or want of proper care. To enable him effectively to discharge this responsibility specially selected women officers of his Department visit all total war orphans periodically in order to safeguard their well being. These officers co-operate closely with other authorities concerned with child welfare, and supervision is continued, if necessary, until the child is 21.