HC Deb 08 July 1918 vol 108 c13
18. Sir J. D. REES

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Munitions whether steps are being taken to grant allowances to the wives and children of those who lost their lives and to those who were disabled in the recent explosion in a Midland munition manufactory?


Immediate steps were taken to deal with the situation arising from the recent explosion. The funeral expenses will be paid by the Government. Advance payments are being made to relieve cases of immediate necessity. Compensation for loss of life and injury will be paid under the Workmen's Compensation Acts, to ensure prompt settlement of the claims. Mr. L. C. Turner, the managing director of the Essex and Suffolk Insurance Office, now on the finance staff of the Ministry, has visited the factory and set up the necessary organisation. In addition, in proper cases ex gratia Grants will be made to ensure the maintenance of the families of the dead and injured employés and the medical treatment of the injured and their care during convalescence.