§ Mr. LAWSON
asked the Minister of Pensions the number of final awards in which additional payments. have been made, under special sanction, in accordance with the provisions of Circular 30, between May, 1924, and 30th June. 1925, 1st July to 31st December, 1925, 1st January to 30th June, 1926, and 1st July to 31st December, 1926?
§ Major TRYON
The number of cases dealt with under the Circular referred to for the precise periods specified are not available, but the total number of additional grants which have been made under special sanction (including cases of secondary disability, re-amputation, change of diagnosis and other cases) in respect of cases belonging to the period ended in the middle of 1925 is somewhat under 1,400 and for the three succeeding half-years is approximately 750, 900 and 750, respectively.
asked the Minister of Pensions if he will set up an independent committee of inquiry to review the whole question of final awards?
§ Major TRY0N
I would refer the hon. Member to the answer which I gave to the hon. Member for West Middlesbrough (Mr. T. Thomson) on the 4th February of last year, indicating the decision of the Government on this suggestion, of which I am sending him a copy. I am not aware of any grounds on which I should be justified in recommending a reconsideration of that decision.