HC Deb 20 December 1945 vol 417 cc1698-9W
Sir I. Fraser

asked the Minister of Pensions if he has yet any statement to make regarding improvements in war pensions and allowances.

Mrs. Adamson

The hon. and gallant Member is, no doubt, by now aware of the improvements in war pensions set forth in the White Paper presented to the House on the 18th instant.

Mr. King

asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that Private G. A. Dungey of 96, Tremayne Place, St. Austen, Cornwall, joined the T.A. in October, 1936, was embodied in August, 1939, and died on nth January, 1940, whilst on service; and whetherhe will reconside his decision to refuse a pension to his wife, as such decisions discourage patriotism.

Mrs. Adamson

As my right hon. Friend informed the hon. and gallant Member in his letter of the 13th instant, this case has been fully and sympathetic-ally reviewed but he regrets that it has not been possible to establish any connection between Gunner Dungey's death and his war service. Mrs. Dungey has been informed of her right of appeal to the independent Pensions Appeal Tribunal.

Brigadier Low

. asked the Minister of Pensions on what grounds he over-rules the decisions of a pensions appeal tribunal; and if he will give an example of such a case.

Mrs. Adamson

As the hon. and gallant Member is no doubt aware, under Section 6 of the Pensions Appeal Tribunals Act, 1943, the decision of the Tribunal is final and conclusive, except on a point of law on which provision is made for an appeal to the High Court.

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