HC Deb 02 June 1919 vol 116 cc1704-5W

asked the Pensions Minister whether any further inquiries have been made into the case of Thomas Burr, No. 248, 2nd Line, 8th Battalion, Scottish Rifles, who joined in December, 1914, and was passed for active service in May, 1915; that on being inoculated blood poisoning set in through the needle breaking in his arm, and after treatment in Army hospitals was discharged in December, 1915; whether he is aware that this man has received no pension and is still suffering in health from the effects; and what he proposes to do in this case?


It has not been possible, in spite of exhaustive inquiry, to verify the incident of the broken inoculation needle. Private Burr was discharged on account of epilepsy, which has been held to be not attributable to his service, and he has been awarded a gratuity of £35. As he has appealed against the decision of non-attributability his case will shortly be heard by the Pension Appeal Tribunal, before whom he will have an opportunity of substantiating his claim that his disability was caused or aggravated by the circumstances of his inoculation.