HC Deb 19 March 1923 vol 161 cc2120-1W

asked the Minister of Pensions, the number of pensions which have been reviewed during the period 1st February, 1922, to 1st February, 1923; and how many have been increased, decreased, or cancelled, and the amount of money involved in each change, respectively?

Captain CRAIG:

The average number of disablement awards in payment to men during the period mentioned was about 800,000 including final awards. Of these some 600,000 temporary or conditional awards were reviewed in accordance with the requirements of the Warrant. As a result of medical reexamination 60 per cent. remained unaltered or were increased, while 40 per cent were decreased or terminated. The estimated cost of disablement pensions and allowances for the current financial year is approximately £33,000,000 as compared with £40,000,000 for the previous year when the average number of disablement awards was about 1,000,000.