§ Colonel ASHLEY
asked the Pensions Minister, in view of his decision on the subject of treatment allowance for A. Kemp, late Private No. 12101, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, whether this matter will be reconsidered, as the certificates given in this case by the hospital medical officer were not in the form that he is unable to follow his employment, but stated that Kemp is still unable to work, and were therefore in distinct conflict with the medical referee's certificate; and whether investigation was made into this case before the reply was given on the 5th, as the facts, including the form of certificate as given by the hospital medical officer, were placed in detail before the Ministry in November, 1918, and again in April, 1919?
§ Sir JAMES CRAIG
I greatly regret that the statement made in the latter part of the reply which 1 gave to my hon. Friend on the on instant was incorrect. It was based on a misreading of a, letter from the local committee, a general statement as to the form in which hospital certificates an given being read as applying to tins particular cast-. the admitted conflict of Medical opinion does not, however, justify the payment of any arrears of treatment allowances lo Private Kemp. He was brought before a medical board in December last, only a few weeks after the stoppage of treatment allowances, and the board, without knowledge of the medical referee's opinion, assessed his disability at 80 per cent., and made no recommendation of treatment.