HC Deb 04 May 1948 vol 450 cc1074-5
20. Mr. Willis

asked the Minister of Pensions whether in view of the decision given in favour of the appellant by the High Court and by the Court of Session in leukaemia cases, he will consider accepting all these cases as eligible for awards under the Royal Warrant.

Mr. Buchanan

A further case of leukaemia has recently been heard by the High Court and I think it advisable to await this judgment—which is expected shortly—before considering this matter further. I very much regret the delay that has occurred in dealing with this particular type of case, but my medical advisers have been unable to give me the certificate necessary to enable me to grant entitlement to pension.

Mr. Willis

In view of the apparently most unsatisfactory medical knowledge concerning this disease, will the Minister look into the matter again?

Mr. Buchanan

I have done everything possible, but the medical people hold very strong views. With the Warrant as it is I am afraid that I can do nothing.