HC Deb 04 March 1919 vol 113 cc223-4
84. Sir K. WOOD

asked the Pensions Minister whether members of the Mercantile Marine employed during the War on duties of a naval character or interned in enemy countries are entitled on discharge or repatriation, if suffering from tuberculosis as a result of such services, to treatment; and if he will state the number of such men who have applied for treatment?


Of the members of the Mercantile Marine only those who signed on for the period of the War, and were under naval discipline, come within the scope of the Ministry of Pensions. Such men, if pensioned, are entitled under the Regulations to free treatment for disabilities due to or aggravated by service. I am not able to state how many members of the Mercantile Marine, of whom only a small proportion are pensionable, have applied for treatment for tuberculosis.