HC Deb 21 February 1946 vol 419 cc293-5W
Mr. Piratin

asked the Minister of Pensions why the pension granted to Mr. F. T. Nokes, particulars of which have Vol. 418, c. 373], supplied the following information:

been supplied by the hon. Member for Mile End, and which was granted in 1943, has now been reduced, although since that date he has twice spent lengthy periods in hospital by reason of his original complaint and is still only fit for light work.

Mr. Wilfred Paling:

As the hon Member was informed on 29th January, Mr. Nokes' present rate of pension is based on the findings of the Ministry Medical Boards held in October, 1945, and January, 1946. The Boards had before them the records relating to Mr. Nokes' history since discharge, and I am advised that the clinical findings and the condition as disclosed by the recent X-ray examination do not justify a higher rate of pension in respect of his disability, a duodenal ulcer aggravated by service.

Mr. Edelman

asked the Minister of Pensions what steps he has taken to obtain compensation for the father of the late Stoker E. Fry, particulars of whom were sent to him on 7th January, who was stabbed to death by unidentified Italians at Taranto on 24th November.

Mr. Wilfred Paling:

The question whether any claim for compensation can usefully be pursued is not a matter for my Department, but I am in communication with other Departments to see whether they can be of help. 1 will acquaint my hon. Friend of the results of my inquiries.

Mr. Cooper-Key

asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that only one limb fitter is as yet employed at the limb-fitting centre, Tunbridge Wells, which is inadequate for the volume of work required: and whether he will take steps to send, at least, one other fitter.

Mr. Wilfred Paling:

I am aware of the position and I have already raised the matter with the contractors who supply the limbs and employ the fitters. The hon. Member will appreciate that the number of trained limb fitters is small and that those available must be distributed over all the various limb centres.

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