HC Deb 28 April 1927 vol 205 c995
2. Mr. CAPE

asked the Minister of Pensions if he is aware that J. Hales, 2/MH/543, was before a board at Newcastle-on-Tyne nine weeks ago, and that up to now he has not received any intimation as to the decision of the board; and can he state the reason of the delay?


This case, which was one of a final award, necessitated special consideration. Following a course of medical treatment and observation it has now been found possible to make a further grant under special sanction to the man, and he has been duly notified.


Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware of the lengthy delays in similar cases, and does he not think the final decision, where special medical examination is not necessary, could be facilitated?


These cases are undoubtedly going through more rapidly than they used to do, but this case is an excellent example of the way in which the Ministry give treatment for a considerable time before dealing with the final state of a man's health.