§ 10. Mr. PALING (for Mr. T. WILLIAMS)
asked the Minister of Pensions if he is aware of the general discontent amongst ex-service men due to the long period of time which expires between a medical board and the result being communicated to the applicant; and will he explain the reason for this, and take what action is necessary to expedite decisions in future?
§ Major TRYON
I have no evidence of the existence of any such general discontent as is suggested by the hon. Member. I am satisfied that in the vast majority of cases any decision that has to be conveyed to a claimant is so conveyed without avoidable delay. In a few eases, as the hon. Member will appreciate, expert opinion or additional evidence may have to be obtained, and some unavoidable delay may ensue, but the number of such cases is steadily decreasing and every effort is made to reduce the delay to a minimum.