HC Deb 15 February 1940 vol 357 cc989-90W
Mr. Leslie Boyce

asked the Minister of Pensions what provision is made for pension or compensation in the case of members of the crews of lightships injured in enemy attacks; what provisions made for the dependants of those who may be killed; and what provision is made for the employment of the crews of lightships for which light floats are substituted?

Sir W. Womersley

The scheme of compensation for the personnel in question is explained in Ministry of Pensions Leaflet No. 2, of which I am sending the hon. Member a copy. Copies of the leaflet have been distributed to the general lighthouse authorities. With regard to the question of employment mentioned in the latter part of the Question, I understand that permanent men will be absorbed in other light vessels in place of Royal Naval Reserve ratings due to return to Naval service, and in vacant permanent posts. Trinity House regret they will have no option but to pay off the redundant temporary hands.