HC Deb 18 July 1946 vol 425 c243W
41. Colonel Ropner

asked the Minister of Pensions the number of ex-Servicemen who, as a result of the 1939–45 war, are suffering from psychoneurosis and are in receipt of a disability pension; and the corresponding figures for the 1914–18 war; and to what the difference between the two figures is attributed.

Mr. Blenkinsop

Approximately 33,000 awards have been made to persons suffering from psychoneurosis arising out of service during the 1939–45 war. Owing to the need for economy in manpower, awards in payment at any particular time are not analysed according to disabilities and I cannot, therefore, say how many of the 33,000 are still suffering from psychoneurosis and in receipt of pension. The records of my Department do not enable me to give comparable figures for the 1914–18 war, but I estimate very roughly that there are at the present time about 25,000 men from that war now drawing pensions in respect of psychoneurosis.