§ Mr. WATERSON
asked the Minister of Pensions if he is aware that Private F. Barlow, No. 10,108, late Northumberland Fusiliers, was discharged with more than 20 wound marks upon him, and that the Pensions Issue Office authorities have only granted him £30 as a gratuity, refusing him a pension, and if he will give this case his early reconsideration?
§ Mr. MACPHERSON
Mr. Barlow was demobilised on 14th October, 1919, and made no claim to pension on Army Form Z22. He applied subsequently for a pension under Article 9 of the Royal Warrant, in respect of hernia, wounds and neurasthenia, and was examined by a medical board on 12th February. The board reported that Mr. Barlow had numerous small superficial signs of shrapnel wounds, which were all healed, and that he had a suitable truss for the hernia. His disability was assessed at less than 20 per cent., and the gratuity of £30 which has been awarded corresponds to the board's finding. If Mr. Barlow is dissatisfied, he should apply to his Local War Pensions Committee, who will take steps to bring him before a Medical Appeal Board.