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Ministry Of Pensions And National Insurance

Volume 524: debated on Monday 1 March 1954

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Pneumoconiosis

48.

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance if he has considered the cases of conflict that arise in South Wales between coroners' verdicts in cases of death suspected to be due to pneumoconiosis and the findings of medical boards; and what action he is taking to correct the anomalies which arise as the result of these conflicts in the administration of the Industrial Injuries Scheme.

Yes, Sir. I am now discussing this problem with my right hon. and learned Friend the Minister for Welsh Affairs.

Psychoneurosis

49.

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance whether he is aware that a number of eminent psychiatrists disagree with the definition of psychoneurosis to which his Department works; and if he will submit the matter to a committee of psychiatrists selected by the Royal Society of Medical Psychology.

No, Sir. I know that different opinions have been expressed in a particular case in connection with an appeal now pending. But I am not aware of any general representations of the kind suggested by the hon. Member.

While thanking the the Minister for that reply, may I ask if he will be good enough to refer the case he has mentioned to an independent tribunal from the group of people I suggest in the Question?