§ The MINISTER of PENSIONS (Major Tryon)
Two Scottish cases were so referred during the year ended 31st March last.
§ Major TRYON
The year to which the hon. Member refers appears to have been altogether exceptional. Over 100 Scottish cases have been referred to these independent specialists, and we are making use of them wherever desirable.
§ 52. Brigadier-General NATION
asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that Annie Earl, of 10, Florence Avenue, Hull, daughter of the late Gunner John William Earl, No. 118603, Royal Garrison Artillery, who was killed in action in July, 1918, has, since birth, 1941 suffered from mental deficiency and is permanently and totally incapable of contributing towards her own support; and whether, having regard to this fact, he will authorise the re-issue of war orphan's allowance, or, alternatively, will he apply to the Treasury for special sanction?
§ Major TRYON
The reasons which preclude me from authorising the re-issue of the allowance which ceased under the terms of the Royal Warrant when the young person referred to reached the age of 21 years, were explained in the reply which I gave on the 5th February to the hon. Member for Rhondda, East (Mr. Mainwaring), of which I am sending my hon. and gallant Friend a copy.
§ Mr. SMEDLEY CROOKE
Will the right hon. and gallant Gentleman consider the latter part of the question and obtain from the Treasury discretionary powers to enable him to continue allowances in these distressing cases, as he does in a similar type of case where the mother is also dead?