HC Deb 01 August 1924 vol 176 cc2417-8W

asked the Minister of Pensions if he is aware that G. H. Boyer, of 25, Amberley Street, Sunderland, who was an in-patient of the Ministry of Pensions hospital, Newcastle-on-Tyne, up to a few weeks ago, during which time shrapnel was extracted from his back,

Nature of Scheme. Completed. In course of Erection. Total.
1919 Act, Assisted Scheme 11,988 399 12,387
Private Builders' Subsidy (1919 Additional Powers Act). 452 452
1923 Act.
By Local Authorities 33 947 980
By Private Enterprise 121 166 287
By Public Utility Societies
12,594 1,512 14,106
Private Enterprise without State Assistance (figures only available for 18 months prior to 31st March, 1924—no information since this date). 2,563 1,379 3,942

made an application for a pension in February of this year and has not received any reply from the Ministry of Pensions to his application; and will he see that prompt attention is given to this case?


I find that in this case both the diagnosis and the origin of the disability claimed were very doubtful. A period of observation in hospital was found to be necessary, and very full inquiries had to be made with a view to obtaining evidence in support of the claim. Mr. Bostock was informed from time to time that these inquiries were being made. A decision on the Case has been reached, and communicated to the claimant. It has, I regret, not been found possible to give a favourable decision, but the claimant has been informed that he has a right of appeal to the Pensions Appeal Tribunal. I am not satisfied, however, that there has been no unavoidable delay in the handling of this case, and I am looking personally into the procedure adopted.

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