HC Deb 23 November 1938 vol 341 cc1781-2W
Mr. T. Smith

asked the Minister of Pensions whether he will have further consideration given to the case of Mr. W. H. Hart, case No. 11/ M/194,499, whose pension ceased in 1922, but who received further compensation under the procedure for the correction of error in 1936; and whether, having regard to the fact that Mr. Hart complained of the condition of his arm, as the result of a gunshot wound, in December, 1929, and at in1:ervals prior to the award in 1936, and that he lost his employment with the Post Office owing to the war injury, pension may be granted for the period 1929 to 1936?

Mr. Ramsbotham

A final award was made in this case in 1922 appropriate to the assessment fixed by the independent Pensions Appeal Tribunal. In such cases a further grant can only be made from the date on which it is established that the disablement by war service has materially increased and it is clear that the original award was erroneous as a final settlement.

Following representations made by Mr. Hart, his case has been repeatedly reviewed in recent years and he has been medically examined on several occasions, of which four were in the years 1934 and 1935. It was not, however, until 1936 that my medical advisers were able to certify that the condition, which is complicated by some degree of neurosis, justified a further grant.

I have no authority to make this grant from any earlier date than that on which the existing degree of disablement has been certified to be present.