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War Pensions Claims

Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what percentage of reviews of applications for (a) war disability pension and (b) war widows pension were (i) successful and (ii) successful when the claimant was represented by the Royal British Legion at independent tribunal in each of the last three years. [112553](2) what percentage of reviews of applications for

(a) war disability pension and (b) war widows pension were successful in each of the last three years. [112554]

The percentages of successful entitlement appeals in respect of war disability pensions and war widow(er)s pensions heard by Pensions Appeal Tribunals for each of the last three years are shown in the following table:

YearWar disability pension (percentages)War widow(er)s pension (percentages)
20024126
20014532
20003920
The percentages of successful appeals in terms of an increased assessment in respect of war disability pensions heard by the Pensions Appeal Tribunals are shown in the table.

YearWar Disability Pension percentage
200236
200134
200031
We are unable to provide figures for the number of successful appeals where the claimant was represented by the Royal British Legion.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many claims for (a) war disability pension and (b) war widows pension are awaiting review. [112556]

At present there are some 1,200 appeals where the case papers have been prepared and are awaiting a tribunal hearing. It is not possible to provide separate figures in respect of war disablement pensions or war widow(er)s pensions.