HC Deb 03 November 1937 vol 328 cc898-9
52. Mr. Mander

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what arrangements have been made in the way of special provision as to pensions for the widows and dependants of officials murdered in the course of their duty in Palestine; and whether the treatment accorded is on similar lines to that provided in the Crown Colonies and in the case of the British officials serving in Egypt, and, in particular, what has been done in the case of the widow of Mr. Andrews, recently murdered on duty in Palestine?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

As regards the first part of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the Member for Tamworth (Sir J. Mellor) on 1st November. The provision under the Palestine pension law is similar to that under the pension laws of the Colonial Empire generally. I am inquiring as to the provision under the laws applicable to British subjects in the service of the Egyptian Government, and I will communicate on that point with the hon. Member. The arrangements to be made in the case of the widow of Mr. Andrews are at present under special consideration.

Sir J. Mellor

Can the right hon. Gentleman say what special compensation is intended to be given in cases of assassination?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

I am discussing that matter with my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer in an endeavour to get a principle established.