HC Deb 17 April 1928 vol 216 cc4-5
6. Captain GARRO-JONES

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that Private Albert Skinner, No. 3950112, the Welch Regiment, was discharged, totally blind, from the Army in January, 1926; that the cause of the blindness has not been definitely diagnosed, but that it followed typhoid fever contracted on His Majesty's service in India; that a surgeon of the Royal London Ophthalmic Hospital considers the blindness to be attributable to or aggravated by service abroad; that this soldier has made serious complaints of his treatment in hospital in India, and that his family was not informed of his blindness until his brother called at the hospital at Southampton; that Private Skinner is receiving no pension or treatment; that institutions for the training of the blind have refused to assist him; and whether, in view of the hardship in this case, he will reconsider the possibility of granting a further medical board, or a pension, or training in another occupation for this soldier?

The SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Sir Laming Worthington-Evans)

The hon. and gallant Member has already communicated with me in writing about this ex-soldier's case, and I have nothing to add to the answer which I sent to the hon. and gallant Member on 28th May, 1927.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the questions I put here are different from those I addressed to him in writing, and that since he replied to me this ex-soldier has been discharged from the institution that was training him, and in those circumstances will he take any further action?


I wish I could, but there is no useful action that I can take. I do not think this question raises anything that was not dealt with in the letter. It was a three-page letter, and I went very carefully into the case.