HC Deb 28 July 1924 vol 176 cc1764-5W

asked the Minister of Pensions seeing that under the rules of the Ministry a man suffering from an attributable disability which disables him from work is not entitled to treatment allowances unless the treatment prescribed by the Ministry is of such a character as to actually prevent him from obtaining work, and in view of the fact that a man certified by his panel doctor or by a hospital doctor to be incapable of work is thereby rendered unable to obtain work, while at the same time he does not receive any treatment allowances, whether he will take steps to remove what appears to be a grave hradship to ex-service men?


I would remind my hon. Friend that the conditions governing the grant of allowances under Article 6 of the warrant are not identical with those which determine certification for the purpose of sickness benefit under the National Health Insurance Acts. Allowances under the warrant are not, therefore, necessarily also payable in all cases, because sickness benefit is obtained. I regret that my right hon. Friend is not in a position to accept the hon. Member's suggestion.


asked the Minister of Pensions if he will make special inquiry into the circumstances attending the continued refusal of treatment allowances to Mr. G. Road, of 44, Tower Hamlets Road, Forest Gate; and whether he is aware that this pensioner continues to receive Circular M.P.A.O. /15a, which recommends treatment by a general practitioner, and stating that this man will not be prevented from working at a remunerative occupation in consequence of and during treatment, notwithstanding the fact that upon each of the three separate occasions upon which he has attended for medical treatment and examination at the Ministry's quarters the specialists have signed to the effect that a personal escort was essential?


I assume that this question refers to Mr. G. H. Roach. As already explained to my hon. Friend in correspondence, the conditions governing the grant of treatment allowances are not fulfilled in this case. I am, however, arranging for the man to be examined at an early date by a medical board with a view to ascertaining whether his present condition calls for an increased award of pension.