HC Deb 11 March 1926 vol 192 c2558
137. Mr. T. KENNEDY

asked the Treasurer of the Household if he is aware that pension appeal tribunals are refusing to deal with appeals not entered within the statutory time limit, on the ground that they have no jurisdiction to deal with such cases; and if he can say how such appeals, if sanctioned by the Ministry, are disposed of?

Major Sir HARRY BARNSTON (Comptroller of the Household)

The Pension Appeal Tribunals are bound by the Provisions of the War Pensions Acts to limit their jurisdiction to cases in which the appeal has been lodged within the statutory time. They have, therefore, no option but to refuse to hear cases in which it is proved to their satisfaction that the terms of the Statutes have not been complied with. It is, however, open to any appellant against whom it is alleged that his appeal was not lodged within the statutory time to go before the tribunals on the issue of whether he has, in fact, complied with the statutory requirements, and whether the tribunals have jurisdiction to hear his appeal.