§ Mr. STRANGER
asked the Minister of Pensions whether his attention has been called to the case of an ex-service man, Hubert Henry Collins, 3, Craven Road, Inkpen, Berks, who has gunshot wounds in both hands, who was discharged from Edmonton Military Hospital on the 23rd October, 1920, and at first received full disability pension, afterwards reduced to 80 per cent. disability, afterwards reduced to 60 per cent. disability, then increased to 70 per cent. disability, and again increased to 80 per cent. disability; whether in this case, in view of the impossibility of the man finding employment, the award of total disability will be made permanent; and whether he will take steps to prevent disabled ex-service men going through these constant examinations?
I am informed by my medical advisers that the condition of this man's disability has not, so far, been such as to justify the making of a final award. The case will, however, be carefully re-considered with that object in view. I may add that the present assessment of 80 per cent. represents the considered opinion of a specially constituted medical board, which comprised a surgical specialist and a neurologist.