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WELLINGTON, April. 14. A deputation from the executive of the Returned Soldiers' ' Association waited upon Sir James Allen and put before him several matters. Replying to a request that the work of the Pension Board should be expedited, and a regulation made providing that., for a wife to be eligible for a pension; her marriage with the soldier must have taken place within two years of ?he latter's return, Sir James Allen, -said that Cabinet had agreed to thevumitation of two years after careful consideration, but he could riot see how the Government could go further'than that at present. However, the matter would be investigated. . Regarding the general work of the Pension Board, there would be. no trouble in the future regarding married men, as they would be dealt with first. The deputation asked that the Government should malce special provision for the employment of disabled soldiers, and said that some men, having a sufficient pension, with a little outside assistance, to live without working, were going down hill rapidly. The Minister said the problem was a .serious, one. He would consult tho Reparfcrixtion Board and endeavour to achieve a scheme that would meet the difficulties of the position. He would be glad if the association would give the Government all possible information regarding disabled men. Sir James Allen added that he would submit to Cabinet a request that Anzac Day should be declared a statutory holiday.

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SOLDIERS AND MINISTER., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9587, 15 April 1919

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SOLDIERS AND MINISTER. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9587, 15 April 1919

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