asked the Minister of Pensions if he is aware that, in consequence of the new Ministerial instructions stating that pensioners who have through valid causes passed the period during which their appeal should normally be made, many pensioners are now appearing before the appeal tribunal, and that in the majority of these cases their appeals are not even considered, and they are told to go home; whether he is aware that these men can ill-afford the loss of time and money; and whether, to save them disappointment in the future, he can make their position with regard to their appeals very much clearer than it now is?3126W
I have been asked to reply. My right hon. Friend the Lord Chancellor's attention has been called to the matter mentioned in this question. It is not free from difficulty, but steps are being taken which will, it is hoped, in a large measure obviate the inconvenience referred to.