HC Deb 12 May 1930 vol 238 c1463W

asked the Minister of Pensions whether he will arrange forthwith that no further medical boards shall be held on pensions (except on deterioration claims, errors of final awards, Article 9 claims, or setting aside cases), and that the present assessment, whether on a deterioration or current award basis, be made as current for the next three years?


The number of cases in which further medical examination is requisite is now reduced to very small proportions. I have full sympathy with the hon. Member's desire that medical re-examination should be reduced to the minimum possible, and it is the practice of the Department to give prolonged awards wherever justifiable. But I have no power to authorise awards which are not covered by medical certification, or to refrain from awarding a permanent settlement in those cases which are suitable for it.