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Friday, 27 November 1959


Mr GRIFFITHS - My question is directed to the Minister for Social Services. Is it a fact that recently he refused to pay a sick benefit to an 18-year-old Newcastle girl simply because she truthfully said that she had not applied earlier for benefit, as she was not aware that she was entitled to it? Is the Minister aware that, during the fifteen weeks before the girl applied for the benefit, she had undergone a major operation and that she was unable to walk for at least twelve of those fifteen weeks? Is he aware that the girl's mother is also a cripple and that, as soon as the person concerned could make inquiries, she did so and a claim was made for the benefit? Because of the circumstances of the case, will the Minister again consider all aspects of it, particularly the age of the patient and the nature of the complaint, and review his previous decision?







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