HC Deb 31 July 1924 vol 176 cc2217-8
12. Mr. CLARRY

asked the Minister of Pensions if he will again consider the case of George Bristow, 5/N.B./3,857, Appeal 6,625, in the light of the medical evidence, which shows that a wrong diagnosis was made, the man now being in the last stages of tuberculosis, for which he receives no pension; and will be explain why he has failed to reply to correspondence for periods varying from three weeks up to three months?


I would point out to the hon. Member that, so far from this case having been dealt with unsympa- thetically, it has been most carefully considered on more than one occasion, in response to suggestions made by him. If, on consideration of the points put to me in the hon. Member's last letter, additional evidence be forthcoming in support of his claim, it shall certainly be considered again, in accordance with the arrangements indicated in the answer which I gave to the hon. Member for Bow and Bromley (Mr. Lansbury) on the 29th May, of which I am sending him a copy.


Before this decision was arrived at, did the Minister consider extracts from the prècis of this man's case in which the circumstances were dealt with very exhaustively showing that he was suffering from tuberculosis arising out of the War, and that great hardship would be caused if he did not receive a pension?


I am advised by the medical authorities that the relevant facts were taken into consideration, but now if additional evidence be forthcoming, it can be further reconsidered.