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Wound Pensions (Pre-1914–18 War Service)

Volume 389: debated on Wednesday 26 May 1943

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asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he will consider raising the rate of pensions to sailors who lost limbs, when on duty, prior to the war of 1914 to 1918 to the same scale as now obtains for similar injuries?

Sailors who served in the last war and were again invalided, and all those disabled in earlier wars, receive the rates payable to men similarly disabled during the last war. These are slightly greater than the present rates. Otherwise, payment is at present rates for similar injuries, subject, in the case of those who were not mobilised, or were not specially exempted from mobilisation in the last war, to the conditions laid down in the Pensions (Increase) Scheme of 1920.

Would my right hon. Friend look again into the possibility of restoring the position which obtained at the time of the last war whereby a man who had lost a limb and was yet able to serve could be paid his wound pension while he was serving?

I have had a look at that already, but on looking at the Report of the Select Committee of 1920, I think that the judgment of the House then was the right one.