HC Deb 29 March 1944 vol 398 c1449W
Mr. E. Walkden

asked the Secretary of State for Air if he is aware that Cadet J. Wharton, of 2087 Squadron, A.T.C., Manchester, who fell over a plank as he was leaving a hall where a parade had taken place and suffered a fracture of the wrist has been refused any form of compensation or an ex-gratia payment for his injuries; and whether, in such circumstances, he will exercise his powers to recognise personal injuries on terms not less favourable than those provided by the Workmen's Compensation Act.

Sir A. Sinclair

It is only when a Cadet is regarded as having suffered injury attributable to the special risks of A.T.C. duty that ex-gratia payments may be made by way of compensation. I am advised that the accident to which the hon. Member refers does not fall within this definition, as the Cadet was not, in fact, on duty at the time the accident occurred.