HC Deb 13 December 1922 vol 159 cc2990-1W

asked the Minister of Pensions if he will make inquiries into the case of Private William Prestwick, No. 9,200, lloyal Army Medical Corps, of 43, Guelph Street, Garratt Lane, Wandsworth, who served in the Army from 9th August 1914, to 26th February, 1918, and who, previous to his enlistment, was in good health and was passed into the Army in Category A 1, but who, since his discharge, has been continuously ill with chronic gastritis and has, in consequence, been unable to work; and will he reconsider this case, with a view to increasing his pension, which has been reduced to 15s. 11d. per week?


This man applied for pension in respect of gastritis last October, but the medical board by whom he was examined could find no trace of that disability. Pension in respect of anxiety neurosis has been in payment at the 20 per cent, rate for the past two years.


asked the Minister of Pensions if he-will reconsider his decision, which reduced the amount of pensions of disabled ex-service men, especially in those eases where a 100 per cent, pension had been granted and reduced solely on the ground that the person was, in the opinion of the medical board, fit for light work, without definition; and if he is aware that his decision caused them to apply to the Employment Exchanges for benefit and light work in competition with the physically fit unemployed workmen?


I would refer the hon. Member to the answers which I gave to the hon. Member for Hemsworth (Mr. Guest) and to the hon. Member for Woolwich East (Mr. Snell) on the 28th November and the 7th December, and of which I am sending him copies.

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