§ Mr. Alfred Morris
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when the industrial injuries scale for assessment of degree of disablement was devised; if any amendments have been made subsequently; if he will list any reviews of the assessment scale that have been undertaken; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Newton
The forerunner of the present schedule of prescribed degrees of disablement was contained in regulations introduced at the start of the industrial injuries scheme in 1948. It was reviewed and revised in 1965. Scheduled assessments can be varied in individual cases at the discretion of the medical board and can be used as a guide in cases involving injuries not specified in the schedule. We have no plans for a further review.