HC Deb 01 May 1928 vol 216 cc1541-2W

asked the Minister of Pensions whether his attention has been drawn to the case of Sidney Houghton, living at the Sun Inn, Stretham, a sufferer from tuberculosis, whose pension was stopped on the ground that aggravation had passed away; whether he is aware that the man is suffering acutely and needs treatment and extra nourishment; and whether he will consider reopening the case?


I am informed that the man referred to was for a brief period from 1920 to 1922 in receipt of a, small pension in respect, among other matters, of slight aggravation by service of chest trouble, which was of pre-War origin and which at no time during this period exhibited any active symptoms of tuberculosis. Any possible effects of service were found to have passed away in 1922, and the Ministry's view of the case was confirmed on examination by the Independent Appeal Tribunal. In these circumstances, I regret that I have no grounds for adopting the course suggested.