HC Deb 08 March 1920 vol 126 cc919-20W

asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that many men engaged on dangerous work in connection with munitions during the war suflered grievous injuries as a result of explosions or were killed, leaving dependants; that the compensation in these cases is only on the scale laid down under the Workmen's Compensation Acts; and whether, in view of the dangerous work for which these men volunteered, he will arrange for them or their dependants being paid compensation on the same scale as that for soldiers and their dependants?


I cannot admit that the cases of men who are killed or suffer injury in the course of a peaceful occupation should be dealt with in the matter of compensation under the special rules prescribed for the armed forces of the Crown.