§ Mr. HIRST
asked the Minister of Pensions whether his attention has been drawn to the case of Private H. F. Adams, No. L. 29,594, late Royal Field Artillery, who lost his right hand whilst on leave from France during an air raid at Bow on the 23rd September, 1916; whether this man's claim for a pension has been disallowed on the ground that the disability is not attributable to war service, whether, in the event of a simi- 240W lar occurrence happening whilst a soldier was on leave in France, he would have been entitled to a pension; and whether, in view of the fact that the man is entirely dependent on charity and has applied to the Poplar guardians for relief, he will have further inquiries made into this matter?
§ Major TRYON
Private Adams' case has been before the Independent Pensions Appeal Tribunal. They were not able to regard his injury as due to or aggravated by military service. I understand that the Ministry of Health, who deal with civil claims arising out of injuries by air raids in this country, have granted an allowance of 15s. a week in respect of Private Adams' injury.