asked the Minister of Pensions who is responsible for the appointment of the War Pensions Entitlement Committees; if he will give the names of those persons at present serving thereon; and the number of cases dealt with by such Committees during the 12 months ending 31st January, 1922, together with the number of cases dealt with in which the Committee decided that entitlement was not proven?
My hon. Friend appears to be under some misapprehension. There are no such bodies as War Pensions Entitlement Committees. Questions of entitlement are dealt with by experienced officers of the Ministry, against whose decision there is, as my hon. Friend knows, a full right of appeal to an independent tribunal.
Those Committees do not exist. The officials of the Ministry deal with these cases, and if the pensioner is not satisfied, he has a full right of appeal to the Pensions Tribunal.
Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that there is a great and growing amount of dissatisfaction in reference to the decisions that have been given by the Appeal Tribunals?