HC Deb 16 April 1953 vol 514 cc360-1
27. Mr. Ian Harvey

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the temporary benefits for injury and sickness and the long-term benefits in case of disablement for members of the Civil Defence Corps and the Auxiliary Fire Service.

Sir H. Lucas-Tooth

Members of the Civil Defence Corps and the Auxiliary Fire Service who are injured while on duty are entitled to the full benefits of the Industrial Injury Acts. If and when disablement benefit is awarded, they may also receive sickness benefit under the National Insurance Acts. I am sending my hon. Friend fuller details of the various benefits.

Mr. Harvey

Will my hon. Friend ensure that there are no discrepancies between such benefits for Civil Defence workers and those for other similar voluntary activities?

Sir H. Lucas-Tooth

As I have told my hon. Friend, the Civil Defence workers come under the general law covered by the Industrial Insurance and National Insurance provisions.

Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

Is the Undersecretary aware that representations have been made by several people, including myself, that there should be some additional compensation in cases such as that which I have brought to his notice, of a man who is now a permanent inmate of a mental home as a result of injuries received during training?

Sir H. Lucas-Tooth

I can tell the hon. and gallant Gentleman that my right hon. and learned Friend is about to communicate certain proposals to the local authority associations for consideration in that connection.