§ Mr. Stanbrook
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to clear the back-log of claims for certification of war service submitted by colonial service pensioners at the Army records office, Hayes.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
Of the 2,551 inquiries received by the Army record office at Hayes for verification of war service, 2,342 have been completed and returned to the Overseas Development Administration. The outstanding 209 await further information from the ex-service men themselves or from the Department of Social Security before they can be verified and returned to the Overseas Development Administration.