HC Deb 27 March 1919 vol 114 cc567-8
5. Major COHEN

asked the Pensions Minister whether he is now able to announce any relaxation of the rule which compels retired officers to repair and renew their artificial limbs at their own expense?

The MINISTER of PENSIONS (Sir Laming Worthington-Evans)

I have considered the Question of the supply of artificial limbs to retired officers, and I have decided that it is not possible to maintain the present system which discriminates unfairly between officers and men. Accordingly the Regulations at present in force as to the supply, repair and renewal of artificial limbs for discharged sailors and soldiers will be extended to retired officers with the result that every retired officer will be supplied with the artificial limb which he requires, and also with an additional limb as soon as the stump is ready to receive it, and the supply is available, without charge. The Ministry will also undertake all repairs and renewals of limbs.

Lieutenant-Colonel Sir NORTON GRIFFITHS

Is the repair depot at Brighton still being maintained?


The depot at Brighton is not dealing with repairs of artificial limbs.


Does the arrangements announced refer to all officers?


It applies to all retired officers.