§ 34. Mr. T. SMITH (for Mr. THORNE)
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has received a report of a collision between a police constable, riding a cycle, and a motor car at Linsdale, Bucks, resulting in the death of the constable; whether the constable was proceeding to or from duty; and whether the accident will be covered by the Workmen's Compensation Act?
§ The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir John Gilmour)
I have inquired into the circumstances of this case. The constable, a member of the Bedfordshire County Constabulary, was not on duty: he was cycling back on his rest day from a visit to a Buckinghamshire village when the accident occurred. The night was foggy, and at the inquest no blame was attached to the driver of the motor vehicle. Steps will be taken by the Bedfordshire police authority to award a pension to his widow and allowances to his children under the Police Pensions Act, 1921. The Workmen's Compensation Act does not apply to a member of a police force.