§ Ms. Walley
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will reconsider his decision to stop awards of war pension for noise-induced hearing loss resulting in under 20 per cent. disablement; and if he will make a statement.
§ Miss Widdecombe
No, as announced in the reply to the hon. Member for Harlow (Mr. Hayes), 17 December at columns369–70, full and careful consideration was given to all representations before the decision was taken to proceed with the package of changes which included the introduction of a minimum level of disablement for noise-induced hearing loss.