HC Deb 03 July 1919 vol 117 cc1196-7W

asked the Pensions Minister whether he is aware that Arthur Bell, No. 12022, late Private, King's Scottish Light Infantry, 90, Widemarsh Street, Hereford, who was discharged from the Army in 1915 and given a temporary pension, is now suffering from tuberculosis; and if he will cause inquiries to be made into the case with a view to this man being granted a permanent pension so that he may have the opportunity of moving from the town into the country?


According to the medical evidence the disability in this case has not yet reached a stationary condition and the rate of permanent pension cannot therefore be fixed for the time being. There seems no reason, however, why this should prevent him moving into the country, if he wishes, as arrangements for his examination locally can always be made. On discharge the disability was diagnosed as chronic bronchitis and there seems to be an element of doubt as to whether it is really a tuberculous case. The local war pensions committee have been asked to obtain a report from the local tuberculosis officer on this point, but so far the report has not come to hand.