§ 20. Mr. Prentice
asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance how many cases a day are heard by the Medical Appeals Tribunal sitting at Deans Yard, London, S.W.I; and at what intervals the cases are set down for hearing.
§ Mr. Prentice
Does the right hon. Gentleman think it fair to rush cases through as quickly as that, bearing in mind that these cases concern the pension entitlement, possibly for life, of badly disabled people? Is he further aware that, as a result of the time-table, there are very often long delays, and that they cause discontent? Would he look into this to see if the interviews can be arranged to take place at longer intervals?
§ Mr. Boyd Carpenter
As regards the hon. Gentleman's comment on the handling of cases, he will appreciate, as he has considerable experience of these matters, that it is not for me to comment on the conduct of cases by independent statutory authorities. As to the arrangements for hearings, my information is that the arrangements at the London tribunal are, on the whole, convenient for the applicants, but if the hon. Gentleman likes to take this up with me in detail, I shall be very glad to discuss it with him.