§ 69. Major KELLEY
asked the Minister of Pensions if he is prepared to consider the cases of ex-service men who have been deprived of their pension or had the same reduced and are still incapacitated; and, seeing that these cases ought to be the subject of a special inquiry as to their pre-War health, can he arrange for their consideration by specialists skilled in the ailments from which men allege themselves to be suffering?
§ Major TRYON
Every man dissatisfied with the assessment of his disablement has a right of appeal either to a Medical Appeal Board or to an Assessment Appeal Tribunal; and every man who is refused pension on the ground that his disability is not due to service has a right of appeal to an Entitlement Appeal Tribunal. In the case of a Medical Appeal Board a specialist sits on the Board; and, in the other cases, the Tribunal is empowered to consult a specialist when they consider that course necessary. The man's complete medical history, so far as obtainable, is always placed before the Board or Tribunal.
§ Captain GEE
Will the hon. and gallant Gentleman consider the advisability of publishing broadcast to ex-service men what the Appeal Tribunal really is for, as so many do not understand it?
§ Major TRYON
I believe it is most important that ex-service men should know their rights and privileges, and we do our best to keep them well informed.