HC Deb 27 February 1940 vol 357 cc1919-20W
Mr. R. Gibson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland why, in spite of strong medical certificates by two doctors to the effect that she was blind, Miss Berryman, Greenock, was ordered to be re-examined by the Ministry; whether he is aware that she was summoned to appear before a tribunal in Greenock on 13th February, 1940, and had her claim for a blind person's pension disallowed as not fulfilling the statutory conditions as to blindness; that no re-examination of Miss Berryman, as ordered by him, was made; how this irregularity arose, and through whom; and what steps he proposes to take to ensure that Miss Berryman's case will be properly dealt with, and that no similar irregularity will take place in future?

Mr. Colville

I am afraid the hon. and learned Member is under a misapprehension in stating that the local pension committee in Greenock have refused the application for a blind pension by Miss Berryman. I have ascertained that the committee have adjourned consideration of the case in order that further medical examination may be made. Until the committee give their decision, I cannot take any action in the case.