HC Deb 11 July 1922 vol 156 c1052
62. Captain BOWYER

asked the Minister of Pensions whether he will inquire into the case of Sapper G. Tilley, No. 510039, I.W.D., Royal Engineers, who is now living at 58, Queen Ann Street, New Bradwell, Bucks; is he aware that this man, after having also served in the 18th Hampshires and Gloucester Hussars, received a small pension on demobilisation, and worked as a fitter for about 12 months at the London and North Western Railway works. Wolverton; that he has now been out of work for one year and nine months, but has now been offered a good job at Llandudno at 49s. a week, and that Mr. Tilley failed to get this job because the doctor at Wolverton would not pass him fit: and will he cause Mr. Tilley's pension to be increased in order to compensate him for this loss of work, and to provide him with a pension upon which he can live?


The amount of disablement pension is determined solely by the extent of the disablement as assessed from time to time by a medical board with regard to medical considerations alone. Such factors as wages, earning capacity, employment or unemployment were expressly excluded, with the approval of Parliament, from consideration in connection with the award of disablement pension. My right hon. Friend is unable to supplement this man's pension on the grounds suggested in the last part of the question.

Captain BOWYER

In view of the unsatisfactory nature of the replies to this and the previous question, instead of asking supplementary questions, I give notice that I will call attention to this matter on the Motion for Adjournment.