HC Deb 12 November 1976 vol 919 cc310-1W
Mr. Madden

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what procedures are observed by his Department to bring to the attention of recipients of industrial injury benefit their possible entitlement to disablement benefit when industrial injury benefit ceases and workers return to employment.

Mr. Orme

When payment of injury benefit ceases, the claimant is notified of his possible entitlement to industrial disablement benefit by means of a standard letter which also directs his attention to leaflet NI 6 (Disablement Benefit) obtainable from local social security offices. A similar notification is sent when a favourable decision is given on an application for an industrial accident declaration or a declaration that incapacity is due to a prescribed disease.

Mr. Hardy

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the average cost of medical examinations arranged or required by his Department both generally and in regard to cases involving industrial injury benefit.

Mr. Deakins

Examinations by the regional medical officer cost on average £5.50 where the claim is for sickness benefit or invalidity pension; and £6.50 where the claim is for injury benefit.