Oral Answers to Questions — Pensions Appeal Tribunals.

– in the House of Commons on 4th August 1942.

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Photo of Major-General Sir Alfred Knox Major-General Sir Alfred Knox , Wycombe

asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider so altering the Pensions Warrant of 1940 as to empower the Pensions Appeal Tribunal established by Lord Chancellor Birkenhead in 1919 to deal with present war appellants?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

My right hon. Friend the Minister of Pensions explained to the House on 23rd July the difficulties in the way of setting up Pensions Appeal Tribunals to deal with present war cases. These would not in any way be disposed of by the suggestion made by my hon. and gallant Friend.

Photo of Major-General Sir Alfred Knox Major-General Sir Alfred Knox , Wycombe

If the Lord Chancellor set up this tribunal, why should the constitution of new tribunals which are going to sit in judgment on his decisions be left to the Minister of Pensions?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

The existing tribunals deal with cases from the last war. The difficulty is to get adequate staff for a new tribunal.