HC Deb 28 July 1942 vol 382 c332
78. Mr. Thorne

asked the Minister of Pensions the number of disabled pensioners, showing, separately, details of total disablement, partial disablement, lesser disablement and limbless men; and the amount of pension paid to each section?

The Minister of Pensions (Sir Walter Womersley)

The total number of disabled persons to whom pension is being paid by my Department is approximately 448,000, of whom nearly 38,000 are in receipt of pension at the rate for total disablement. I regret that it is not possible to analyse the remaining 410,000 into the categories of partial and slight disablement but included in the total figure are 32,500 limbless cases. The total expenditure by way of pension is £23.4 million a year, of which £4.5 million a year is being paid to those in receipt of pension at the total disablement rate.