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Disability Pensions

Volume 414: debated on Thursday 18 October 1945

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asked the Minister of Pensions whether he has any statement to make as to raising the flat-rate disability pension.

The scheme of war pensions generally is under review, as I stated in reply to a Question on Thursday of last week. I am not at present able to make a statement on any of the matters included in the review.

Will my right hon. Friend appreciate that it is something of a shock for the Government to introduce better rates and conditions for industrially disabled people without having given full thought to the position of men injured in the war; and will he also appreciate that this House and the country can hardly view with satisfaction any arrangement unfair to the men who have saved the country, and incidentally the trades unions themselves, from destruction?