HC Deb 03 December 1962 vol 668 c905
2. Mr. Hale

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance whether he is aware of the difficulty confronting applicants for Service disability pensions and industrial injury benefit in providing the cost of medical evidence on their behalf; and what action he will take to assist them.

The Minister of Pensions and National Insurance (Mr. Niall Macpherson)

In my view the interests of these applicants are safeguarded by the arrangements under which medical evidence can be obtained for the awarding authorities or by them without cost to the applicants.

Mr. Hale

If such arrangements exist, will the right hon. Gentleman take steps to publicise them, because in case after case in my experience applicants have not found it possible to provide medical evidence? How does someone in Oldham in a byssinosis case or a disability case provide the funds to bring a doctor to testify in London on his or her behalf?

Mr. Macpherson

I am informed that the Industrial Injuries Commissioner may allow at his discretion fees for a report or for an attendance, as well as travelling expenses.