§ Mr. H. Hynd
asked the Civil Lord of the Admiralty what provision is made for compensation to an officer of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service who is injured while off duty; and whether this and other conditions of service are made fully known to cadets on joining the service.
§ Mr. Hay
No provision is made for compensation to an officer of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service who is injured while off duty. Compensation is provided only for entitled categories whose injuries are sustained in the actual discharge of duty.
All cadets on entry are required to sign forms of agreement, which are indentures (registered with the Registrar-General of Shipping and Seamen) in the case of deck cadets and agreements in the case of engineer cadets, who are non-indentured. Both agreements follow the pattern used in the shipping industry.
These agreements cover general conditions of service but do not deal specifically with compensation for injuries. It would be quite impracticable to cover every aspect of conditions of service in entry documents of this nature. More detailed information on conditions of service, including compensation for injuries received on duty, is contained in the regulations for Royal Fleet Auxiliaries, a copy of which is held on board every Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessel. I am arranging for these regulations to be amplified where they do not at present cover cadets specifically.