§ Captain COOTE asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that the pension of Mr. C. F. Worlding, No. 6,248, 3/1st Cambs. Regiment, 24, Russell Street, Wisbech, a totally disabled soldier, was stopped on 21st April; that he had a medical board on 8th May at Cambridge, the result of which has not yet been announced; that the man has had to apply for Poor Law relief, and that if a speedy decision is not given he will have to go to the workhouse; and what he proposes to do to secure a prompt settlement of this case?
§ Major TRYON: Mr. Worlding was discharged for rheumatoid arthritis on 8th July, 1916, after a month's military service. He has been awarded gratuities of £7 10s. and £25 respectively, but after further and very careful consideration the medical advisers of the Ministry have decided that the disability is neither due to nor aggravated by his military service. My right hon. Friend therefore regrets that he is unable to authorise any further award. There is, however, a right of appeal to the Pensions Appeal Tribunal, which Mr. Worlding may exercise through his Local War Pensions Committee.