Treatment Allowance (L. Connolly).

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Naval and Military Pensions and Grants. – in the House of Commons on 6th July 1922.

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

My hon. Friend appcars to be under some misapprehension as regards the conditions govern- ing the grant of treatment allowances. These allowances are not granted because the man may be physically unable to work, but only if, in consequence of a course of treatment approved by the Ministry, he is rendered unable to provide for his own support and that of his family. Neither fitness nor unfitness for work is itself a criterion, and any such expression of opinion by a medical officer in this connection is therefore irrelevant, and, indeed, contrary to official instructions. In the short time available I have not been able to get a full report on the individual cases, but I hope to be in a position to write to my hon. Friend about them in a few days.