HC Deb 22 July 1953 vol 518 c349
1. Mr. Driberg

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if he will now make a statement on the payment of compensation to officers and ratings on Coronation day duty whose uniform and equipment were damaged by rain; and if he will give an assurance that none of these men will be worse off financially for having taken part in this parade.

The Parliamentary and Financial Secretary to the Admiralty (Commander Allan Noble)

In view of the large number of persons involved and of the comparatively minor extent of the damage to the various types of uniform worn, it is impracticable to make individual assessments of the damage to clothing of all members of the naval contingent. It is therefore intended to award compensation in the form of a fixed sum to each officer and rating. The sums to be paid are being calculated to ensure that everybody will be reasonably compensated. It will not be necessary for individual claims to be submitted. The necessary instructions will be issued shortly.

Mr. Driberg

That seems a very sensible and decent solution.