HC Deb 17 February 1948 vol 447 cc965-6
6. Mr. Amory

asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware of the delay which sometimes occurs between the submission of an appeal and its hearing in the case of disability pensions; and whether he will take action to reduce the waiting period to the minimum possible.

Mr. Buchanan

I am aware that owing to a variety of factors, including the procedure laid down in the relevant statutory rules, a considerable period must necessarily elapse between the submission of an appeal and its hearing by the Pensions Appeal Tribunal. It will continue to be my constant endeavour to reduce this period to a minimum.

7. Mr. Willis

asked the Minister of Pensions what changes have been made concerning loss of remunerative time by claimants and appellants appearing for medical examination in connection with assessment appeals and other claims.

Mr. Buchanan

Prior to 10th December last, compensation for loss of remunerative time caused by attendance at a medical examination carried out solely in consequence of a claim or appeal to the Ministry was paid only if the claim or appeal was successful. As from that date, such compensation is payable whether the claim or appeal is successful or not.

Mr. Willis

Will my right hon. Friend say whether or not there are any grounds on which an appellant may possibly be disqualified?

Mr. Buchanan

That was considered by my officials this morning. The ground would exist only in very isolated cases, such as I can hardly expect to arise, in which the circumstances were very frivolous. Outside of that, the compensation will be paid in full.