§ Mr. D. GRENFELL
asked the Minister of Pensions whether, seeing that of 6,239 appeals heard against final awards made by the Ministry 3,381 were successful, he will take steps to ensure that more careful consideration of the men's disabilities is given by the medical final awards board and awarding officers, so that men are not under assessed and/or their pensions terminated without sufficient cause?
§ Major TRYON
I would remind the hon. Member that about half the cases in which the appeal is regarded as techni-1656W cally successful are cases where the Ministry's assessment was not modified, but finality of the award was for the time being set aside for further consideration. The existing instructions of the Ministry provide for the fullest consideration of all cases, and a final award is not made where the prognosis of the case is doubtful or there is prospect of deterioration.