HC Deb 28 February 1938 vol 332 cc731-2
22. Mr. Tinker

asked the Minister of Pensions the number of cases of ex-service men submitted to him since the deputation from Members of Parliament met him on this question in February, 1937; and how many succeeded in getting a pension or an increase of pension?

The Minister of Pensions (Mr. Ramsbotham)

Four thousand six hundred and forty-four cases of disabled ex-service men have been examined in the 12 months to 31st January last, and 1,393, or 30 Per cent., were granted pension or increase of pension, while another 322 were given or promised medical treatment as and when it became necessary.

Mr. Tinker

In view of the smallness of the numbers, will the Minister reconsider the matter, or will he consider receiving a deputation?

Mr. Ramsbotham

In view of the fact that 20 years have elapsed since the War, I think the percentage is remarkably high, and as far as it is possible to make a comparison, the percentage of claims admitted during last year was substantially higher than during the year when hon. Members opposite were in office.

Mr. Gallacher

In view of the fact that all these men have been in the Service, ought they not to have some ready assistance now that they are in need?

Mr. Ellis Smith

Do I understand that the Minister is now prepared to make this question a political issue?

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