HC Deb 18 March 1926 vol 193 c564

asked the Minister of Pensions if he is aware that ex-Private George Butler, of No. 3, Right Square, Stainforth, near Doncaster, who enlisted in 1914 when thoroughly fit, was wounded in 1916, and later was sent to Italy where he served throughout the remainder of the war, although still suffering from his injuries, is quite unable to follow his employment, and yet he is only receiving a pension of 8s. 6d. per week, which terminates after 104 weeks; and will he inquire into this case, and the full medical history, with a view to preventing a permanent injustice


As has already been explained to the hon. Member, no claim in respect of disablement was made in this case until July, 1925. As a result of medical examination the only wound which was found to be causing him even slight disablement was an injury to the hand, in respect of which the award referred to was made. I would point out that the man has a right of appeal at any time in respect of this decision until July next if he is dissatisfied with the award.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the local medical officer declared that his present disabilities are entirely due to injuries he received during War service, and will he not re-examine the whole case in the light of that information?


I do not think the attributability is in dispute, because he is receiving compensation, but if there are any facts which have not yet been brought to the notice of the Ministry I shall be happy to receive them from the hon. Member.