HC Deb 04 August 1942 vol 382 c848
48. Major-General Sir Alfred Knox

asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider so altering the Pensions Warrant of 1940 as to empower the Pensions Appeal Tribunal established by Lord Chancellor Birkenhead in 1919 to deal with present war appellants?

Mr. Attlee

My right hon. Friend the Minister of Pensions explained to the House on 23rd July the difficulties in the way of setting up Pensions Appeal Tribunals to deal with present war cases. These would not in any way be disposed of by the suggestion made by my hon. and gallant Friend.

Sir A. Knox

If the Lord Chancellor set up this tribunal, why should the constitution of new tribunals which are going to sit in judgment on his decisions be left to the Minister of Pensions?

Mr. Attlee

The existing tribunals deal with cases from the last war. The difficulty is to get adequate staff for a new tribunal.