Army Pensions Act, 1973

Review of awards of gratuities under the Act of 1923 and the Act of 1927.

5.—(1) Where—

(a) a person was awarded, before the passing of the Act of 1937, a gratuity under the Act of 1923 or the Act of 1927 in respect of a disablement due to a wound, and

(b) in respect of whom the period of twelve months prescribed in section 10 (2) of the Act of 1937 has expired,

such person may, notwithstanding anything contained in the Acts, make one final application to the Minister to have the amount of such award reviewed.

(2) Where a person makes an application under this section, the Minister may request the Army Pensions Board to re-examine that person and re-assess his degree of disablement and, upon such re-assessment being made, if the degree of his disablement is found to be not less than twenty per cent., the Minister may, if he so thinks fit, award a pension of an amount appropriate to the degree of disablement so re-assessed.

(3) Every pension granted by virtue of this section shall commence from such date (not being earlier than the date of the passing of this Act) as the Minister may determine.

(4) A pension granted to any person as a result of a re-assessment under this section shall be deemed to be a final grant of pension under the Act of 1923 or the Act of 1927, as the case may be.