HC Deb 07 November 1950 vol 480 cc740-1
2. Mr. Russell

asked the Minister of Pensions what is the weekly rate of disability pension for an unmarried ex-private with amputation of right hand, or a leg above the knee, in 1919, 1938 and 1950; and if he will now re-assess the value of human limbs in view of the lowered purchasing power of war pensions since 1938.

Mr. Simmons

Twenty-four shillings, 24s. and 27s., respectively, for amputation of right hand or of a leg below the middle thigh. The second part of the Question involves the basic rate of pension. on which I have nothing to add to the reply given to the hon. Member on 17th October by my right hon. Friend.

Mr. Russell

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that Australia, Canada, New Zealand and France have all increased their disability pension rates in the last two years, and does not he think, in view of the enormous increase in the cost of living since the pensions were originally fixed, that some better increase ought to be given than has already been given?

Mr. Simmons

I have nothing to add to my reply.