HC Deb 16 December 1965 vol 722 cc321-2W
81. Brigadier Clarke

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will ensure that the widows of prison officers whose husbands lose their lives after attacks by prisoners are adequately compensated.

83. Mr. Deedes

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has recently received on the subject of pensions for the widows and dependants of prison officers killed on duty; and if he will make a statement.

Sir F. Soskice

Apart from the operation of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme, an award to the widow of a prison officer killed as the result of an attack by inmates in the course of the officer's duty is governed by the provisions of the National Insurance (Industrial Injuries) Act 1965, and the Superannuation Act, 1965, including the Injury Warrants 1952–1965. The Prison Officers' Association has recently submitted proposals for a review of certain aspects of these arrangements and these are receiving careful consideration.