HC Deb 08 October 1924 vol 177 c510
55. Lieut.-Colonel POWNALL

asked the Secretary of State for War whether officers of the Army who proceed on duty in aeroplanes are treated, as regards compensation in case of mishap, similarly to officers of the Royal Air Force; and what provision is made for their dependants in the case of death?

The SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Mr. Walsh)

Army officers ordered to proceed on duty in aeroplanes are treated, in case of mishap, under the Regulations for disabilities arising during Army service, unless they are seconded to the Royal Air Force and paid at Royal Air Force rates, in which ease they are dealt with under the Royal Air Force, or Army Regulations, whichever are more favourable. The Army and Royal Air Force Regulations differ in detail but, taken all round, give similar results. Pensions, gratuities or allowances are granted to widows, children or dependants of officers who die as the result of being ordered to fly on duty under Regulations which are substantially the same in the Army and the Royal Air Force. The death of the officer is treated as if it had been in action, and a gratuity is issued to the widow in addition to pension.