HC Deb 21 March 1955 vol 538 cc1720-1
9. Mr. G. M. Thomson

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance whether, in the case of Mr. John T. Thomson, of 1 South Baffin Street, Dundee, he will order a fresh investigation of his application for a pension in the light of the new medical evidence which has been drawn to his attention by the hon. Member for Dundee, East.

Mr. Peake

As the hon. Member knows, this application was decided by the independent Pensions Appeal Tribunal. The further representations have been carefully considered by my senior medical officers, but I am advised that they do not disclose any ground for reopening the case.

Mr. Thomson

While appreciating the action the Minister has already taken in this case, and being aware of his legal position, is the right hon. Gentleman telling the House that it is impossible for him to take fresh action in the light of this new medical evidence which has considerable validity?

Mr. Peake

Of course, the case could be reopened if there was any deterioration in condition or any new medical evidence. But I think that these individual cases are much better dealt with by consultation; perhaps the hon. Member would care to discuss the matter with my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary.