HC Deb 23 May 1940 vol 361 cc292-3
37. Major Sir Jocelyn Lucas

asked the Home Secretary why a member of the Auxiliary Fire Service does not get full pay while sick or injured on the same terms as a regular fireman and members of the Fighting Forces; and whether this will now be altered?

Sir J. Anderson

Members of the Auxiliary Fire Service receive sick pay on the same terms as Civil Defence volunteers generally and their conditions of service in this respect must be related to those of other Civil Defence volunteers rather than to those of the established services, such as professional firemen or the Fighting Forces.

38. Sir J. Lucas

asked the Home Secreteary whether members of the Auxiliary Fire Service who are in full-time employment can now be given a second suit of clothing, in view of the fact that professional firemen are provided with three suits and that when righting fires the men nearly always get soaked with water and have nothing to change into when they get back?

Sir J. Anderson

Fire authorities, who were originally authorised to supply one complete suit of uniform, have already been authorised to purchase, during the next 10 months, additional uniforms which should enable brigades to hold a reserve of garments available for use when occasion arises. In addition, each auxiliary fireman may be supplied with a suit of overalls and a waterproof coat and leggings.