Sir F. HALL
asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that the pension granted to Corporal Frank Heath, No. M2 D98,645, Mechanical Transport, Army Service Corps, who was discharged from the Army on 10th July, 1917, being no longer physically fit for war service in consequence of injuries received whilst serving in France, has been reduced from 8s. 8d. to 6s. a week as from 23rd June, 1920; and whether, in view of the fact that Heath has just been discharged from the Woolwich Military Hospital suffering from valvular disease of the heart, which prevents him from doing any but light work, he will order an inquiry into his case with a view to his pension being increased?
§ Major TRYON
The facts are generally as stated in the first part of the question. On re-examination by a medical board in March last, Heath's condition was found to be so much improved that he was awarded a gratuity in the form of a final weekly allowance. He has since applied for commutation of this allowance on the ground of his intention to emigrate. The Ministry have no information as to the medical treatment referred to, but inquiry will at once be made into the facts of the case.