asked the Minister of Pensions whether his attention has been called to resolutions at a meeting of the North Staffordshire District Council of the British Legion, Stoke-on-Trent, urgently requesting that all men who have been in receipt of a pension for four years should be given the right and option of choosing a permanent pension or a final lump sum, etc., settlement; and whether he will take the matter into consideration with a view to making arrangements as requested?
I would remind my hon. Friend that it was expressly provided in the War Pensions Act, 1921, that the cases of all men who have been on the pension list for four years or more should be considered with a view to making a final award. Regulations to give effect to this provision were issued in January last, and have since been in active operation. All cases are being dealt with as rapidly as is possible.