HC Deb 19 January 1944 vol 396 cc198-9W
Lieutenant-Colonel H. Guest

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that the compensation terms payable to part-time Civil Defence workers for injuries received whilst engaged in Civil Defence duty are less favourable than those payable to full-time Civil Defence workers suffering injuries under similar conditions; and whether, as the injury received whilst on duty of the part-time Civil Defence worker is deserving of equal compensation to a similar injury received by a full-time Civil Defence worker, he will take the necessary steps.

Mr. H. Morrison

The rates of payment of injury allowances are the same for whole-time and part-time Civil Defence workers. Where necessary the Ministry of Home Security makes the allowance up to full Civil Defence basic pay for 26 weeks for whole-time personnel and up to the amount of loss of earnings or Civil Defence basic pay, whichever is lower, for 13 weeks in the case of part-time personnel. As far as is practicable the treatment of whole-time members is equated to that of members of the Armed Forces. In the case of part-time members who are normally in full-time civil employment, the grant of 13 weeks' supplementation is a special concession which is not enjoyed by the ordinary worker who is injured at work by enemy action and I do not see my way to extend the concession further.