§ Mr. F. ROBERTS
asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that many ex-service men subject to malaria attributable to military service are unable to obtain any pension whilst suffering from this disease because it is intermittent in character, and has usually disappeared before the man can be sent to a medical board; and whether, in order that justice may be done to these men, arrangements will be made whereby the certificate of the man's local doctor will be accepted as evidence of his disability?
§ Major TRYON
In awarding pension for disabilities of an intermittent character, regard is paid to the probable course of the disease during the period of the award. My right hon. Friend is aware that in dealing with claims to pension for malaria difficulty sometimes arises in establishing the existence of the disease owing to the fact that it is active at long intervals only and for very short periods. He is, however, considering what better arrangements, consistent with his powers under the Royal Pension Warrants, can be made to meet this difficulty.