HC Deb 18 May 1943 vol 389 cc914-5
5. Mr. Thorne

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he can give any information in connection with the Army i6-ton tank that killed a boy and knocked down a wall whilst going down a hill at Bath; the age of the boy; and whether the parents will be compensated?

Sir J. Grigg

This accident was the result of sudden mechanical defect, which put the steering gear and the brakes out of action. A military court of inquiry is being held. A boy seven years old was killed, and I should like to take this opportunity to express my sympathy with his parents in their loss. The War Department Claims Commission will carefully consider any claim.

Mr. Goldie

Pending consideration of that claim, will the boy's parents have the right to sue for loss of expectation of life?

Sir J. Grigg

I hesitate to answer questions on legal liability without notice.