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Disability Pensions

Volume 219: debated on Thursday 5 July 1928

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asked the Minister of Pensions in how many cases appeals which have been disallowed for reasons of disabilities not attributable have been referred to his Department for reconsideration during the 12 months ending 30th June, 1928; and in how many cases have the decisions been, reversed by the Ministry?

The records of the Ministry do not enable the information asked for in the first; part of the question to be given. With regard to the second part of the question, in 11 cases of the type referred to the circumstances were considered to be such as to enable a grant under special sanction to be made.

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware than in many cases the decisions are come to in opposition to the highest medical authority and are purely matters of opinion. Will he reconsider the whole system which is causing injustice to thousands of ex-service men all over the country?

I am not prepared to make any change in the system of tribunals, asked for by ex-service men, which is generally accepted as just.

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that many branches of the British Legion do not agree with him?