HC Deb 25 October 1920 vol 133 c1352W

asked the Minister of Pensions if his attention has been called to cases of hardship arising from the putting into operation of circular 204, whereby disabled men who are certified by the medical referee as being unable to follow a remunerative occupation are being denied treatment allowances by the Deputy Commissioner of Medical Services on the ground that the disability pension is an assessment of the average disability over the period of its currency, and account is taken in its award of such brief periods of incapacity as might be expected to occur in the normal course of the disablement; and, if so, will he give the matter further consideration, and at any rate postpone the further operation of circular 204 until he has had an opportunity of reviewing the situation in the light of fuller information now available?


Treatment allowances are by the terms of Article 6 of the Royal Warrant confined to cases where it is considered by the Ministry that a man should undergo a course of treatment and is in consequence rendered unable to support himself. Circular 204, which draws attention to this principle, has been in force in its present form nearly nine months, and my right hon. Friend is unable to adopt the suggestion of the hon. and gallant Member.