HC Deb 07 March 1940 vol 358 c555
75. Mr. Leslie Boyce

asked the Minister of Shipping whether the whole cost of the loss of personal property by crews of merchant and fishing vessels due to enemy action is borne by the crews themselves; and whether he will institute a scheme of insurance with Government assistance, to meet this serious hardship?

The Minister of Shipping (Sir John Gilmour)

No, Sir. The Government have made arrangements for the payment to crews of compensation for war damage to their effects. I am sending my hon. Friend a copy of the scheme.

Mr. Shinwell

Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware that the compensation paid by the Government is miserably inadequate and that those crews who suffer from enemy action are being compensated to the extent of only 50 per cent. of their losses?

Mr. Edmund Harvey

Will my right hon. Friend circulate the scheme in the Official Report?

Sir J. Gilmour

The scheme is contained in the Statutory Rules and Orders, 1939. No. 1070, and 1940, No. 269.

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