HC Deb 10 July 1923 vol 166 cc1190-1W

asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that Mr M. R. Moss, 18, Fryatt Road, Tottenham, late 3/7th Middlesex Regiment (regimental No. 3873, pension No. S.D.V. 4107), has been in receipt of a pension for tuberculosis of the lungs attributed, since 1915, and that his papers have recently been altered to aggravated; that the Ministry now deny that this man has ever been on a higher basis than aggravation, despite the fact that an award was made on 3rd September, 1918, to take effect from 18th September, 1918, signed by Mr. Songer, Controller, Soldiers' Award Branch, Burton Court, of 50 per cent. for 65 weeks for tuberculosis attributed to war service; and what steps he proposes to take in the matter?


As already stated in my reply of the 26th June, the tuberculosis from which this man suffers has never been regarded by the Ministry as attributable to but only as aggravated by service, and if by a clerical error he has been at any time incorrectly informed as regards his entitlement I much regret it. He remains eligible for compensation for so long as the effects of service remain, and if he disagrees with the finding of the Ministry on entitlement he may exercise his statutory right of appeal to the Pensions Appeal Tribunal.