HC Deb 31 May 1954 vol 528 cc877-8
12. Dr. King

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance whether he will extend the benefits of the recently-revised rule on paired organs to disabled ex-Service men, whose combined accepted and non-accepted disabilities aggregate rather less than 100 per cent.

Mr. Peake

No, Sir. As at present advised, I do not feel able to extend the concession which I announced in the House on 15th February.

Dr. King

Is the Minister aware that the House appreciates that he has done a good job as far as he has gone in increasing the benefit for a man who lost an eye or a limb in the war and who lost another later, but as the principle is the same for lesser injuries and as a double loss is twice as serious as a single loss will he have a look at the whole question of "paired limbs" again?

Mr. Peake

No, Sir. I could not make any further change in the rule at the present time. As regards injuries received in industrial employment, however, I have recently referred the question to the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council, and I shall look forward to receiving a report from them upon it.

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