HC Deb 23 March 1948 vol 448 c2747
9. Mr. Lipson

asked the Minister of Pensions why Mr. C. Stokes of 23, Avon Road, Cheltenham, now a completely disabled ex-Service man of the 1914–18 war and unable to work any more, who attended a medical board at Bristol on 22nd January, has received no reply to repeated applications for a revision of his pension; and if he will investigate the reason for this and arrange for Mr. Stokes to receive what is due to him without further delay.

Mr. Buchanan

For some unaccountable reason for which I can only express my very deep regret, this case was overlooked. Mr. Stokes' pension has now been increased to the 100 per cent. rate, with effect from 21st November last, and he has also, from the same date, been awarded an unemployability supplement which carries with it an additional allowance for his wife. I should like to thank the hon. Member for bringing this case to my notice, and so enabling me to give Mr. Stokes the increased pension and additional allowances which were long overdue.

Mr. Lipson

While thanking the right hon. Gentleman for his reply, may I ask whether he is aware that the refreshing frankness of his answers is greatly appreciated, and that the practical sympathy which he invariably displays has given new hope to a great many ex-Service men?