HC Deb 31 July 1919 vol 118 cc2273-4

asked the Prime Minister whether he was aware that members of Queen Mary's Women's Army Auxiliary Corps who might have contracted tuberculosis during service could not be granted any gratuity or compensation because this disease could not be certified as specifically attributable to the nature; of the work performed, although in the case of a discharged soldier the attribute ability of tuberculosis was admitted without question; and whether he would cause steps to be taken to remove this distinction between the treatment of men and women?


I have been asked to reply. I can only refer my hon. Friend to the answer which I gave to him on the 1st April last on the same subject.


Does the right hon. Gentleman think that the existing state of affairs is consistent with the promise of the Government that there should be equality in legislation between the sexes?


I think there is. If my hon. Friend will refer to the answer I gave him, he will see that the provisions for the treatment of these ladies are the same as those governing males employed by the Government in a civilian capacity.