HC Deb 06 December 1939 vol 355 cc679-80W
Captain Plugge

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what are the present arrangements for compensating naval officers and ratings, respectively, for loss of uniforms and personal possessions when their ships are sunk as a result of enemy action; whether he is aware that in many cases under the present arrangements survivors do not receive sufficient by way of compensation to enable them to make good the losses which they have suffered in this respect; whether it is possible for them to insure their clothes and personal possession on board His Majesty's ships against such loss; and will he consider the desirability of revising the scheme to ensure that no officers or men suffer any pecuniary disadvantage through the sinking of their ships?

Mr. Shakespeare

All officers who as a result of enemy action sustain loss or damage to articles of uniform clothing and equipment necessary for the performance of their duties receive compensation, the amount of which is calculated on the principle of making good actual losses. Ratings are treated similarly or are supplied with new articles. Compensation is not payable in respect of losses of non-service effects which may be insured under the War Risks Insurance Act, 1939.

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