asked the Minister of Pensions if he is aware that medical boards still frequently refuse to inform soldiers immediately after examination of the degree of disability at which they have been assessed; and if he will consider the advisability of issuing emphatic instructions upon this subject?
I am sending the hon. and gallant Member a copy of an Office Instruction, issued in December of last year, from which he will see that explicit directions have been issued to Medical Boards in this matter. I shall be glad to have particulars of any cases where these directions are not being observed.
I have not had my attention called to any differentiation between pre-1914 and post-1914 men, but I will sec whether there is any such differentiation. There is no instruction.
asked the Minister of Pensions if he is aware that many officers, non-commissioned officers, and men disabled prior to 1914 have not yet realised that they are entitled to the same disability pensions as soldiers wounded in the late War; and if he will consider the advisability of giving the widest possible publicity to the latest Regulations affecting their position?
The increases of pension which can be granted to officers and men disabled in former wars have been made public by means of repeated questions and answers in this House, by announcements in the press and by circular letter addressed to all Local War Pensions Committees in the United Kingdom.
In view of the fact that the House recently carried a Resolution in favour of giving increased pensions to policemen, will the right hon. Gentleman not take into consideration that the same course should be taken in the case of ex-soldiers?
The conditions have been stated publicly over and over again, and communicated to the Press, and by circular to the Local War Pensions Committees, and I think I am right in saying by advertisements in the ex-service papers, but if not I will see that they are advertised.
A soldier to whom a, permanent disability pension at the highest rate was awarded prior to 1914 does not automatically become entitled to the highest disability-rate applicable to soldiers wounded in the Great War. He becomes entitled to that rate only if he is now totally disabled by the disability for which he was originally pensioned and provided that such disability was due to service in a former War.