HC Deb 29 April 1925 vol 183 cc164-5W
Sir W. de FRECE

asked the Minister of Pensions the grounds upon which an applicant whose appeal has been rejected, or whose final award has been confirmed, can secure the reopening of his case?


The decisions in both the classes of case referred to are, in accordance with the War Pensions Act, 1919 to 1921, final; but in exceptional cases, where it is conclusively shown that justice would not otherwise be done, grants may be made under special sanction. Thus, in cases of claims to pension, rejected on the score of entitlement, where subsequently fresh evidence is produced by a claimant such as clearly proves that the disability or death was due to war service, an award is made. Similarly, in cases of final award, where in the course of any medical treatment and observation given by the Ministry, it is clearly demonstrated to the Ministry that the award was wrongly declared final owing to error of diagnosis or prognosis involving a serious under-estimate of the degree of disablement for permanent purposes, the award is reviewed and a further grant made.