28 JUNE 1940, Page 3

Sir Walter Womersley, the Minister of Pensions, is the right

man in the right place. He talks in plain English and is not tainted with the aloofness which too often surrounds junior Conservative Ministers. He is well supported by Miss Wilkin- son, who made her maiden speech from the Front Bench on Wednesday and showed in it considerable grasp and under- standing. Very wisely in this increasingly important Depart- ment there is an agreed division of labour. Miss Wilkinson has made herself responsible for the War Service Grants Advisory Committee, originally set up to deal with cases arising from the imposition of conscription. The announce- ment of the increase in disability pensions was generally welcomed.