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Personal Injuries (Civilians) Scheme

Volume 360: debated on Thursday 9 May 1940

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asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that, on 20th February last, Mr. E. H. Newstead, 19, Ashcombe Street, S.W.6, a member of the Auxiliary Fire Service, was ordered to Heckfield Place, S.W.6, for exercise when slum property was burnt down; that he got drenched and was unable to change on return as no alternative uniform has yet been provided; that he was sent out three times later in the day, fell sick and has now died of pneumonia; that the Personal Injuries (Civilians) Scheme does not provide for such cases; and whether some amendment can be made to remove such anomalies?

I am informed that no record can be traced of a claim for compensation under the Personal Injuries (Civilians) Scheme having been made by the deceased fireman, or by a dependant in respect of his death. If such a claim is received, I will see that it is given careful consideration.