HC Deb 18 July 1929 vol 230 c594

asked the Minister of Pensions whether he has considered the reorganisation of the constitution of the appeal tribunals; and, if so, whether he can state if there is any intention of affording representatives other than doctors who represent the Ministry of Pensions?

Mr. BEN SMITH (Treasurer of the Household)

The members of the Pensions Appeal Tribunals are appointed not by the Minister of Pensions but by the Lord Chancellor, or, in Scotland, the Lord President of the Court of Session. The medical members of the tribunals are not in any sense representatives of the Minister of Pensions. The continuing reduction during recent years and at the present time of the work of the tribunals involves a corresponding reduction from time to time in the number of their members. Otherwise there is no intention of reorganising their constitution.