Notts and Derby Regiment (Private S. H. Slack).

Oral Answers to Questions — Naval and Military Pensions and Grants. – in the House of Commons on 23rd March 1922.

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Photo of Mr Charles White Mr Charles White , Derbyshire Western

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asked the Minister of Pensions whether his attention has been called to the case of Mr. S. H. Slack, of Calton Lees, near Bakewell, ex-private of the Notts and Derby Regiment, regimental No. 202,583, whose right hand is practically useless owing to a compound fracture sustained on military service, who served 4½ years during the War, and who has now had notice that his pension is to be reduced from 50 per cent. to 30 per cent.; and whether, under the circumstances, he will reconsider the decision which has been arrived at, looking to the fact that there is no chance of the disability becoming less, the hand being practically and permanently useless?

Photo of Sir James Macpherson Sir James Macpherson , Ross and Cromarty

The award at the rate of 30 per cent. corresponds with the assessment of the medical board which examined this man on the 28th February; and if he is dissatisfied with his assessment he can appeal on that ground to a medical appeal board. It is clear that the reduced assessment represents an improvement in his condition, and I am glad to say that the medical report holds out hope of still further improvement.