§ Mr. Swingler
asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance how many appeals against pneumoconiosis assessments were lodged in North Staffordshire in general and Newcastle-under-Lyme in particular in 1962 and 1963; and in what proportions of cases the appeal tribunal varied the assessment favourably to the applicant.
§ Lieut.-Commander Maydon
Records are not kept in a form which enables this information to be given for particular counties or parts of counties. The two areas quoted are, however, served by the Stoke-on-Trent pneumoconiosis medical panel. In each of the years 1962 and 1963 this panel gave over 3,000 assessment decisions. In 1962 there were 14 appeals, of which 5 led to a variation of the assessment in the appellant's favour. In 1963 the corresponding figures were 10 and 5.