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War Disability Pensions

Volume 949: debated on Friday 12 May 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what provision exists to assess for war disability pensions those who, through privation in prisoner of war camps or otherwise, have developed psychological or physical symptoms in late life.

A claim for a war disablement pension can be made at any time: there is no time limit. Disablement is assessed by reference to the loss of faculty suffered—that is, the loss of physical or mental capacity to lead a normally occupied life. The effects of captivity where relevant are, of course, taken fully into account.