HC Deb 16 November 1982 vol 32 cc131-2W
Mr. Alfred Morris

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if awards for similar facial disfigurement under the industrial injuries and war pensions schemes vary according to the sex of the disabled person; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Rossi

Assessment of the extent of disablement, which includes disfigurement, under the industrial injuries scheme, is made by reference to the general principles set out in schedule 8 to the Social Security Act 1975. In essence, a comparison is made between the claimant and a person of the same age and sex whose physical and mental condition is normal. Similar provisions apply to awards made under the war pensions scheme. If the right hon. Gentleman has a particular case in mind I should be glad to have further inquiries made.