HC Deb 19 November 1946 vol 430 cc77-8W
123. Brigadier Low

asked the Minister of Pensions why he does not use the discretion accorded to him by paragraph 65 of the Royal Warrant of April, 1946, in favour of the widow of an officer of the H.G. killed on duty by a grenade in 1942, and allow his widow's pension to start from the date of his death, instead of from the date of her application.

Mr. Wilfred Paling

If the hon. and gallant Member will let me have particulars to enable me to identify the case he has in mind, I will look into it and write to him.

Brigadier Head

asked the Minister of Pensions why the case of Mr. L. McLaren, 68, St. Benets Grove, Carshalton, who is suffering from cerebral tumour, is not being brought forward for a re-hearing, in the light of his announcement to the House on 25th July last, when fresh evidence is available that this complaint is directly related to an accident sustained while in the Service.

Mr. Wilfred Paling

The position in this case was set out fully in my letter of 29th October to the hon. and gallant Member. Mr. McLaren's application and a medical certificate were received on 9th November. In his application Mr. McLaren attributes his disability to two circumstances to which he now refers for the first time. The necessary inquiries will be made as quickly as possible and if rejection has to be maintained, arrangements will be made for early reference of the case to the special Arbitration Tribunal.