HC Deb 15 June 1945 vol 411 c1889W
Mr. Thurtle

asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that CD. workers in the London Region, who were employed as mortuary attendants, are not eligible for the post-war credits and gratuities which are to be paid to other full-time CD. workers; and if, in view of the fact that the nature of the employment of these workers was particularly trying, he will arrange for them to be treated on the same basis as other members of the CD. services in respect of the time matters mentioned.

Mr. Willink

The principles governing the award of Civil Defence gratuities were explained in the statement made by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 8th March. These principles are in general the same as those applied to the Armed Forces and are not applicable to mortuary workers, who were not employed under Civil Defence conditions of service. For similar reasons they do not qualify for post-war credits and the Government have felt unable to extend these payments to other classes.