It was an independent medical board that decided on 24th November 1977 that Mr. Hyland was not entitled to the allowance. Mr. Hyland has now appealed to a medical appeal tribunal against this decision. Arrangements are being made for the appeal to be considered as quickly as possible.
Is the Minister aware that this young engineer had his whole leg amputated because of cancer and that he cannot wear an artificial leg because he is now undergoing X-ray treatment on his hip and is immobile? Will this humane Minister reconsider the matter and have another look at this inhumane decision?
I can understand my hon. Friend's feelings on this matter. He takes a very close and genuine interest in the whole question of helping disabled people. The vital question to be answered is whether the individual is virtually unable to walk—
—with any of the aids normally available to him. The case has gone to the medical appeal tribunal. I am sure that my hon. Friend will agree that it is to the credit of this Government that they have introduced an independent appeals procedure. The previous system was one of ministerial diktat, which I am glad has been abolished.