HC Deb 28 October 1943 vol 393 cc355-6
52. Sir Smedley Crooke

asked the Minister of. Agriculture whether his attention has been drawn to the case of Miss Kathleen Giles, a trainee in the W.L.A. at the Cumberland and Westmorland Farm School, Newton Rigg, Penarth, who in May last in the course of her training was struck in the eye by a cow's horn resulting in the loss of one of her eyes; is he aware that his Department disclaims any responsibility for granting compensation such as is undertaken by any other employer in similar circumstances, while this girl besides suffering pain is disfigured for life; and will he have this matter reconsidered so that at least she can be recompensed financially?

The Minister of Agriculture (Mr. R. S. Hudson)

I am aware of this case and much regret the accident which occurred to Miss Giles. Members of the Women's Land Army are dealt with on the same basis as ordinary agricultural workers in regard to any injuries arising out of and in the course of their duties, that is, under the basis of the Workmen's Compensation Acts. Miss Giles was paid compensation on the basis of the Workmen's Compensation Act for the period that her injury prevented her from working.