Assessment Appeals.

Oral Answers to Questions — Naval and Military Pensions and Grants. – in the House of Commons at on 26 July 1923.

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Photo of Mr George Warne Mr George Warne , Wansbeck

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asked the Minister of Pensions whether, in the case of a man's successful appeal to the assessment appeal tribunal against an assessment of less than a year awarded more than 12 months before the appeal is heard, any additional compensation is given to the appellant; whether the setting aside of the award in these and similar cases is an indication that the original assessment was incorrect; whether, in making final awards, any difference is made in the amount of compensation given to men suffering the same percentage of disablement in cases of, temporary, less than a year, temporary, more than a year, and indeterminate duration; and, if there be any variation in the amount of compensation awarded under the three categories, whether he will issue instructions that in those cases where the man is successful in getting an award set aside after the period embodied in the final award he shall receive compensation according to the scale appropriate?

Photo of Mr George Tryon Mr George Tryon , Brighton

I assume that the hon. Member has in mind cases in which the tribunal set aside a final award, and I would again point out that a decision of that nature does not of itself imply that the tribunal disagree with the assessment of disablement, but merely that in their opinion the case is not, at the time, suitable for a final decision. In the type of case mentioned in the first and last parts of the question, arrangements are at once made to have the man examined by a medical board, upon whose finding the grant of any further compensation would depend. The answer to the third part of the question is in the affirmative.