HC Deb 12 May 1924 vol 173 cc906-7
69. Mr. E. BROWN

asked the Minister of Pensions whether his attention has been called to the fact that many ex-service men who no longer enjoy any pension are in receipt of treatment and receive treatment allowances on account of the fact that their illness is consequent on service; and whether he is prepared to allow such men to reopen their claim to pension, the receipt of which, in many cases, would tend to prevent the recurrence of the illness which entitles them to treatment and treatment allowances?


I am glad to say that comparatively few of the men who have received final awards of the class referred to are, according to my information, in receipt of medical treatment. The need for treatment in consequence of temporary fluctuation of condition does not necessarily indicate that the final award made was erroneous, though where it is demonstrated, as a result of treatment, that serious error has occurred, the case will be put right in accordance with the procedure indicated in the answer which my right hon. Friend gave the hon. Member on the 8th instant.