HC Deb 06 June 1946 vol 423 c2144
26. Flight-Lieutenant Parkin

asked the Minister of Pensions whether he has now any statement to make regarding the establishment of pensions appeal tribunals on assessment.

The Minister of Pensions (Mr. Wilfred Paling)

I have considered this matter in the light of the views expressed by my Central Advisory Committee and in consultation with my Nobie Friend the Lord Chancellor and the other authorities concerned. It is proposed to seek an Order in Council appointing a date on which Section 5 of the Pensions Appeal Tribunals Act, 1943, shall come into operation as regards both those interim assessments and the final decisions or assessments against which that section gives a right of appeal. I anticipate that the appointed date will be some time in July. In the course of the discussions with my Advisory Committee stress was laid on the need for early provision for the hearing of appeals against interim assessments and in the early stages priority will probably be given to appeals of this type.

Lieut.-Commander Clark Hutchison

Is it proposed to have these tribunals in Scotland?

Mr. Paling

In the course of time, I think that will be so.