HC Deb 25 July 1938 vol 338 cc2737-8W
Mr. E. J. Williams

asked the Minister of Pensions whether he will state the number of persons in receipt of disability pensions and the number granted each year to date since the termination of the Great War?

Mr. Ramsbotham

The number of disability pensioners on 31st March, 1938, was approximately 434,700. Following is the answer to the second part of the question:

First Awards of Disability Pension.
Year ended 31st March
1921 103,966
1922 24,228
1923 9,320
1924 5,225
1925 5,648
1926 4,558
1927 2,257
1928 738
1929 428
1930 317
I931 592
1932 369
1933 130
1934 102
1935 87
1936 122
1937 113
1938 120

Sir R. Keyes

asked the Minister of Pensions whether a pensioner receiving treatment in a military hospital, who was unemployed and receiving unemployment benefit at the time of entering hospital, is eligible for full treatment allowances under Article 6 of the Royal Warrant of 1919; whether a pensioner who was in receipt of Unemployment Assistance Board allowances at the date of admission to hospital is entitled to full treatment allowances; and will he quote the regulation covering this procedure?

Mr. Ramsbotham

The full allowances provided by Article 6 of the Royal Warrant are designed to compensate for the earnings which the patient has lost in consequence of undergoing a prescribed course of treatment, and may be paid where the man is, at the commencement, found to be no more than temporarily out of employment. In other cases, where this condition is not satisfied and the patient is in receipt of either unemployment benefit or assistance before treatment, supplementary grants are payable which substantially meet the loss of income suffered by their families. Allowances are paid under the terms of Article 6 of the Royal Warrant of December, 1919, supplemented by special authority where necessary.

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